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The Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) is the statewide organization of board of health members and health department administrators providing a unified forum for public health leadership development, advocacy, education, and forging of community partnerships for the improvement of public health at a local level.


Upcoming Events

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WPHA-WALHDAB 2015 Annual Conference

May 19-21, 2015

Kalahari Resort

Wisconsin Dells, WI





Community Health Improvement in Action

WALHDAB 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

2013-2014 WPHA-WALHDAB Legislative Grid

Assembly and Senate Directories (2013-2014)

County Health Rankings

Employment Opportunities

Public Health Nurse - Barron County Health Department - Posted 12/19/2014

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Public Health Nurse - Manitowoc County Health Department - Posted 12/17/2014

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Public Health Nurse - Adams County Health Department - Posted 12/12/2014

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Laboratory Chemist/Microbiologist I - Eau Claire City-County Health Department - Posted 12/12/2014

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Southeastern Regional Office Director - Department of Health Services - Posted 12/05/2014

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Registered Sanitarian II - City of Racine Health Department - Posted 12/05/2014

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Environmental Health Manager - Sauk County - Posted 12/01/2014

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County Health Director - La Crosse County - Reposted - 10/24/2014

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Public Health Nurse - North Shore Health Department - Posted 10/20/14

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Environmental Health Sanitarian - City of De Pere - Posted 10/15/2014

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November 26, 2014

The opportunity for communities to apply to join the Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) Community of Practice as funded partners has been extended to December 22, 2014.  Please visit the CHIA webpage to download the reissued RFA and application. 


Not just an alcohol project

CHIA aims to build skills in implementing and evaluating community health improvement initiatives.  These skills will be applied to the focus area of unhealthy and risky alcohol use, but will be applicable to other health focus areas as well. 

No complicated budgets

Instead of submitting a budget, Funded-Partner Communities will be reimbursed for completion of deliverables (e.g. attend a webinar, complete a quick 3- 5 question survey, and receive $50). 

You don’t have to do it all

The lead applicant applies on behalf of the entire coalition or community.  Community partners are encouraged to help the lead applicant complete the deliverables.  The lead applicant agency need not complete all the required deliverables alone. 

Any non-profit or governmental partner can apply

Non-profits and governmental entities are all eligible to be the applicant agency on behalf of their coalition or community.  The lead applicant could be a local health department, a human services department, a hospital, an AODA coalition, a school district, United Way, UW-Extension, or another community partner working to improve health.

Expert-facilitated learning

National and statewide experts will help your community move forward in creating lasting systems, policy, and environmental change. 

Join the CHIA Community of Practice as a funded partner-- apply today!

WCN Releases Report on State Nursing Workforce

November 12, 2014

Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Inc (WCN) has released an important new report from the results of a recent inventory survey.

Implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing Report: A Wisconsin Profile was accomplished with the work of many dedicated individuals within the Wisconsin Action Coalition. Many thanks go to members of the Advisory Council for guidance in developing the survey, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for their assistance in creating the survey link & compiling results, and members of the WCN Board of Directors who analyzed the findings & developed this significant report.

We can all be very proud of the work that is being done in Wisconsin. This report clearly identifies the movement to implement the IOM Report is alive and well in our state!  Please help us share this report by distributing widely in your schools and organizations. Thank you for your dedication to this effort!

Full report available here.

New Resources to Combat Ebola

October 16, 2014

Ebola disease - also called Ebola fever or Ebola hemorrhagic fever - is a rare and often fatal illness that humans and nonhuman primates can contract. There have been several outbreaks of the disease in Africa, but most recently the United States has seen cases of the disease and could spread fast if prevention and the correct protocol does not take place to control it.

National partners have come up with these resources to combat ebola:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

National Association of County and City Health Officials

American Public Health Association

WHA, UW Population Health Institute Release Reports on Community Benefits

Wisconsin Health News, October 8, 2014

Wisconsin hospitals provided $328 million in at-cost charity care in 2013 and lost nearly $1 billion caring for patients on Medicaid, according to a report released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Meanwhile the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute launched a website detailing community health needs assessments and implementation plans of hospitals and health departments across the state. Hospitals are required under the federal health reform law to complete a formal community health needs assessment in partnership with public health and other community partners.

"This new resource is designed to help those working on common challenges across the state to connect with each other, share ideas and make faster progress," Karen Timberlake, director of the UW Population Health Institute, said in a statement.

Hospitals in the state provided a total of $1.8 billion in community benefits last year, WHA said. In addition to the charity care and loss associated with caring for patients in Medicaid, hospitals spent $70 million on activities aimed at improving community health and $193 million on education for healthcare professionals, according to the report.

"Without that care in place, state and local government would have a much greater burden in trying to deliver these essential services to a vulnerable population," WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding said in a statement.

In terms of dollars, hospitals provided a similar amount of charity care in 2013 as they did in 2012, but reported 200,000 more instances of care - 1.4 million, up from 1.2 million in 2012. WHA Senior Vice President Brian Potter said that may reflect the fact that more services are provided in less costly outpatient settings. Hospitals reported $267 million in bad debt in 2013, up $6 million from 2012. Part of that increase can be attributed to increases in deductibles and co-pays.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association published a separate report in September that found that the state's general medical-surgical hospitals provided $703.7 million in charity care and incurred $719.6 million in bad debt in fiscal year 2013.  Measured as a percentage of total gross patient revenue, total uncompensated healthcare at the general medical-surgical hospitals remained the same last year as in 2012 at 3.6 percent.

That report, required by the state, is based on hospital charges, while the WHA report released Wednesday uses hospital costs.

Read the WHA Community Benefits report.

See the UW Population Health Institute website.

Read the uncompensated care report.

State to get $1.7 million in Federal Grants to fight Chronic Disease

Wisconsin Health News, September 29, 2014

Wisconsin will receive $1.7 million in grant awards from Health and Human Services to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to an HHS statement Thursday.

A total of three awards will be available, which are funded by the federal health reform law and administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goals of the grant funding are to reduce death rates and disability because of tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease and stroke as well as reduce obesity prevalence.

UWM Dean Magda Peck receives national award in Public Health

UWM's Front Page, September 15, 2014

Magda Peck, founding dean of UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, received the 2014 National Excellence in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTHO officials presented the award Sept. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M., as part of the organization’s annual recognition of public health heroes.  The full press release is available on UW-Milwaukee’s website.


Online Tool Helps Communities Assess, Attack Local Health Issues

October 8, 2014

WPHA and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) are pleased to announce a new website from the UW Population Health Institute.  The website – www.improvingwihealth.org – is a central location to find out what communities across Wisconsin are doing to improve health locally.  The concept of the site was presented at the May WPHA-WALHDAB Annual Conference.  For more information, please see the UW Population Health Institute’s announcement of the site, along with WPHA-WALHDAB's response

RFA Now Available: Community Health Improvement in Action invites WI Communities to join its Community of Practice as funded-partners

September 22, 2014

The new project Community Health in Action (CHIA) will build a Community of Practice to discuss common problems, share best practices, and collaboratively create solutions related to the implementation and evaluation of community health improvement strategies with an emphasis on approaches that address unhealthy and risky alcohol use in Wisconsin communities. Learn more.

Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices

September 18, 2014

The Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices recently met on September 12, 2014. Find the notes from their meeting here, or watch for it in the next WALHDAB e-news.


Save the Date: Mid-September 2014 Release of RFA: Community Health Improvement in Action to invite WI communities to join its Community of Practice as funded partners

August 26, 2014

To support long-term and consistent engagement in its Community of Practice, Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) will provide technical assistance and up to $2,000 to each of twenty funded-partner communities. The funding period is from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. A Request for Applications (RFA) will be available in mid-September, and applications will be due November 3, 2014. Learn more here.

Announcing the Community Health Improvement in Action Project

August 26, 2014

WALHDAB is pleased to introduce the Community Health Improvement in Action project, a new initiative to srengthen communities' capacity to implement and evaluate effective community health improvement activities. The 3-year project (Building the Infrastructure to Make Wisconsin the Healthiest State: Strengthening Community Health Improvement Implementation and Evaluation for Greater Impact)is funded by a $400,000 grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) from June 2014 through May 2017. Community Health Improvement in Action builds on the foundation laid by another of WALHDAB's current WPP-funded initiatives, the CHIPP Infrastructure Improvement Project, which will be ending this December. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunity: Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) Responsive - Call for Changemakers

July 3, 2014


HWPP is pleased to release a new funding opportunity, that has been guided by the 2014-2018 Five Year Plan.

The funding will support Wisconsin-based, multi-sector, community/MCW academic coalitions or networks to work together to translate public health data and evidence into actions to pursue grassroots policy, envionmental or systems change (changing the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities; changing the physical or material components of the community environment) that address the key determinants that most strongly influence health.

Successful projects will demonstrate an appropriate budget and timeframe for their proposed scope of work. Approximately $1M - $1.5M is available to support 4-6 projects.

Learn more here.


Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices

June 19, 2014


The Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices recently met on June 13, 2014. Find the notes from their meeting here, or watch for it in the next WALHDAB e-news.


CDC Chronic Disease Funding Opportunities
May 30, 2014


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released new funding opportunities for chronic disease.  Many existing community coalitions, programs, and efforts may be eligible.  Most proposals are due in July, with some opportunities requiring a letter of intent due in early June. 

Wisconsin Public Health Research Network Begins Recruitment for the Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Serivces Arrangements in Local Public Health Project

May 30, 2014-Updated Document July 3, 2014

The Wisconsin Public Health Research Network is pleased to announce that local health departments in Wisconsin are now being recruited to participate in the Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health project.  Click here for more information.  Learn more!



Want to know the latest and greatest?  Join the Population Health Service Fellows’ blog!

 April 29, 2014

The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Blog is a venue used by Fellows to interact with each other and the public about a variety of new and cutting edge public health, equity, and social justice topics.  The blog provides posts from Fellows on subjects such as national voluntary accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the physical environment as a social determinant of health, reflections on conferences and annual meetings, sexual assault prevention, health equity, health literacy, reflections on Native American Heritage month from the Menominee Reservation, and Transgender 101.  The blog also highlights current and former Fellows as it shares the work accomplished over the course of the program as well as alumni updates.  Additionally, former and current preceptors and program staff are highlighted. Read more


Well City Milwaukee awards 10 companies

April 29, 2014

April 10, Wisconsin Health News

Well City Milwaukee recognized 10 companies Wednesday for improving the wellness of their employees during a ceremony hosted by Well City Milwaukee that also included presentations from officials urging the organizations to do more.  Read more


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