Healthiest County 2015:La Crosse

a Population Health Committee project to make La Crosse County
the healthiest county in the state of Wisconsin by 2015

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THE GOAL: For La Crosse to be the healthiest county in Wisconsin by 2015


Detailed Health Improvement Plan (Microsoft Excel format)


If we can develop a model that improves the health of the people of La Crosse County, we can share that model with other counties in our area to improve their health as well. 


By making the healthy/safe choice the easy choice. 

WORKING GROUP WEBPAGES (regularly updated)


2009: The Population Health Committee of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium planned and held its first half-day Health Summit on April 24, 2009, which brought together members of the general community as well as coalitions and organizations in La Crosse County tasked with improving some aspect of the population's health.

as a starting point, we looked at the factors that affect our county's rank compared to others in Wisconsin.

View the PowerPoint presentation shown at the summit that explains the project.   View slides.

Using our online Health Scorecard Visit the Consortium's Health Scorecard:

The County Rankings from the Population Health Institute (PHI) at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Pubic Health measure health determinants in four areas: Health Care, Health Behaviors, Socioeconomic Factors, and Physical Environment.

Download or read PHI's 2008 County Health Rankings Model:

2010: At the second Health Summit, we brought together existing partners plus many new one to review our progress, look in detail at some new strategies, and organize subgroups that will continue implementing the health improvement plan.
View the Health Summit program slides
Dr. Seth Foldy, Health Officer for the State of Wisconsin, was our keynote speaker at the 2010 Summit, and spoke on the impact of health policy on health decision-making.  See Dr. Seth Foldy's PowerPoint presentation
View the Tobacco Policy slides from Paula Silha's presentation.
In 2009, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the County Health Rankings model in Wisconsin was taken nationwide.  As a result, the way in which county health rankings are calculated has changed.  Despite the change, we are continuing with our work in the four categories of Chronic Disease, Mental Health, Infectious Disease, and Injury and Violence.  Visit the nationwide County Health Rankings site here:
For more information about the Health Summit and the Healthiest County 2015 project, contact the Consortium.

Coverage from Past Health Summits

May 7, 2010
Read about the Summit in the La Crosse Tribune, or on TV stations WXOW and WKBT.
April 24, 2009

We had a full house--more than 80 participants from the community and from area coalitions.

Our facilitator and Chair of the Consortium's Population Health Committee, Betty Jorgenson.

Janet Stansfield-Hess of Stansfield Vending talks about how their "Wellness Warriors" vending machines have helped the healthy choice be the easy choice for snacking.



Population Health Committee Membership

  • Debra A. Daehn-Zellmer, Viterbo University
  • Dan Duquette,  UW-La Crosse
  • Lori Freit-Hammes,  Franciscan Skemp
  • Cindy Kartman, Western Technical College
  • Betty Jorgenson, Franciscan Skemp
  • Doug Mormann, La Crosse County Health Department
  • Brenda Rooney, Gundersen Lutheran
  • Paula Silha, La Crosse County Health Department
  • Sarah Spah, La Crosse County Health Department