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WHA Presents At Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Committee

Council interested in alcohol-related data collected by WHAIC from Wisconsin hospital systems

July 30, 2019

The Prevention Committee of the Governor’s State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) invited WHA to share information about alcohol-related data that is collected within hospital systems across Wisconsin.

WHA’s Information Center (WHAIC) Vice President Jennifer Mueller, WHA Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk, and WHAIC’s Manager of Compliance and Education Cindy Case presented to the Committee.

SCAODA is staffed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the state agency that also writes Healthy Wisconsin, which is a five-year strategic plan that is utilized by public health departments in communities around the state as they set their annual priorities. The Healthy Wisconsin report identified key health priorities, and DHS then structured action teams to implement strategies for these priorities, one being the need to reduce excessive drinking in the state. The SCAODA Prevention Committee is Healthy Wisconsin’s Alcohol Priority Action Team.

SCAODA’s members and guests were interested in learning more about the codes used in alcoholrelated events, how hospitals report data to state agencies, and the burden of collecting such data. With more than 20 attendees, the Committee was very engaged, asking important questions related to the collection of social determinants of health (SDOH) data via the new ICD-10 “Z” codes, as well as other ways WHAIC discharge data can explain alcohol-related trends, such as utilization by hospital and by county.

“The WHA Information Center has the data and experience to guide groups like the Prevention Committee in their efforts,” Mueller noted.

Raina Haralampopoulos, Prevention Coordinator at DHS, thanked WHA and WHAIC for the overview saying, “I am so excited to have the WHA Information Center as a resource to our committee!”

This story originally appeared in the July 30, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter