Welcome to the WALHDAB webpage! 

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

Public Health Orientation

April 29-30, 2014

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

Madison, WI

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2014 Annual Conference

Set Sail:  Navigating Change through
Social Innovation
May 13-15
Hyatt Regency
Milwaukee, WI

More information

APA-WI Annual Conference

Complete Communities: Integrating Economy, Health and the Environment

June 12-13, 2014

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

Madison, WI

Call for session proposals

Conference details available soon







WALHDAB 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

2013-2014 WPHA-WALHDAB Legislative Grid

Assembly and Senate Directories (2013-2014)

County Health Rankings

Employment Opportunities

Sanitarian - Manitowoc County - Posted 4/11/2014

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Home Care Registered Nurse - Chippewa County - Posted 4/3/2014

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Environmental Health Specialist - Winnebago County - Posted 4/3/2014

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Public Health Preparedness Coordinator - Kewaunee County - Posted 3/27/2014

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WALHDAB Annual Business Meeting:

All Members Invited! 

The WALHDAB Annual Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the WPHA-WALHDAB Annual Conference on Wednesday, May 14 from 4:45-5:15pm in the Managers Suite at the Hyatt in Milwaukee.   ALL MEMBERS of WALHDAB are invited to attend.  This is an opportunity to hear more about what the organization is doing internally and externally.  Changes to the bylaws are being proposed at the meeting.  Those proposed changes will be sent to the members soon.  We encourage you to attend and participate in this important review and action. 


Action Alert: Wisconsin's smoke-free law may be at risk

March 17, 2014


WPHA and WALHDAB have a long history of supporting smoke-free legislation.  A currently proposed bill in the state legislature may put some of the recent successes at risk.  WPHA joins those concerned about the quality of indoor air in opposing legislation that would exempt e-cigarettes from the state's indoor air law. 

Please let your legislator know of your opposition to this bill. 

The specific bills (Senate bill 440 and Assembly bill 762) can be found here.

Talking points to share with your legislator are here.

You can find out who your legislator is here.

The current smoke-free law in Wisconsin is highly successful.  Please contact your legislator and voice your opposition. 



Public health celebrates passage of the Healthy Jobs Act

March 14 , 2014

The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) celebrate the passage and signing of the Healthy Jobs Act. Governor Walker signed the bill into law on March 13, after the bill passed out of both houses of the Legislature on a unanimous vote.  Read more



Wisconsin public health professionals applaud passage of Healthy Jobs Act

March 12, 2014

Madison – The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) applauds the state Legislature’s final approval today of Senate Bill 73 – the Healthy Jobs Act. The bill, passed out of both houses of the Legislature on a unanimous vote, would create a workplace wellness grant program for small businesses.  Read press release


Annual WALHDAB Recognition Award

Seeking:  Board of Health members and a Local Health Officer members who have contributed substantially to WALHDAB over the past few years.  Please nominate them for an award! 


The nomination criteria can be found here and the nomination form can be found here. Applications are due March 25.


Additionally, the board is seeking individuals to review and update the WALHDAB Awards for the future.  This would be a limited time commitment, considering current and potential future awards categories, making recommendations to the board, and completing one annual awards cycle.  Please contact Sarah Beversdorf (sarah@badgerbay.co) if you are interested in contributing to this important part of WALHDAB. 


WALHDAB Board Nominations

Seeking:  Three outstanding individuals to help lead WALHDAB into the future!  Please consider self-nominating or nominating another individual for the following board leadership positions:  Co-President-Elect (Board of Health); Co-President-Elect (Local Health Officer); Treasurer. 


A description of the positions can be found here.  Please contact Jill Krueger (jkrueger@co.forest.wi.us), Kelli Engen (kelli.engen@co.barron.wi.us), Sara Carstens (carstens.sara@mayo.edu) or Cathy Spears (cathy.spears@fammed.wisc.edu) with any nominations. 



WPHA-WALHDAB Capitol Report

February 21, 2014

As the Wisconsin Legislature enters the home stretch of the current legislative session – scheduled to end in April – WPHA and WALHDAB has plenty to be excited about on the policy front.  Read more



WALHDAB Board Recognizes UW-La Crosse Marketing Class

December 31, 2013

The Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) Board of Directors expresses its appreciation to Professor White and the Marketing 365 class for its Fall 2013 work related to WALHDAB.  Read more



Assembly Grants BadgerCare, high risk pool members coverage extension

December 5,  2013 WHN 

The Assembly on Wednesday approved Gov. Scott Walker's call for a delay in transitioning more than 100,000 members of Wisconsin's Medicaid and high-risk pool programs off state coverage until April by a vote of 64-42.  Read more



Update on BadgerCare Plus Reform Changes


December 2, 2013

The BadgerCare Plus Reform changes scheduled for January 1, 2014 are being delayed until April 1, 2014. This means that non-pregnant adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who are 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and children over 300% FPL will remain on the BadgerCare Plus program until April 1, 2014.  Read more



Governor Walker calls for Special Legislative Session on Health Insurance Changes

November 22, 2013

WisPolitics Alert, November 14

Citing the "failed federal rollout of the Affordable Care Act," Gov. Scott Walker today said he would call a special session of the Legislature to delay the implementation of certain health insurance changes.  Read more


Scott Walker to delay moving residents from Medicaid to federal health exchange

November 15, 2013

Madison — Responding to the troubled rollout of Obamacare, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he would delay for three months his plan to move more than 70,000 state residents out of state health coverage and into an online federal insurance market.  Read more


Workplace Wellness Legislation Passes State Senate

 November 14, 2013

The State Senate passed the "Wisconsin Healthy Jobs Act," Senate Bill 73 on November 5.  Read more


New Executive PHAP-MPH distance degree program

November 7, 2013

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is pleased to announce a new Executive MPH degree in Public Health Administration and Policy (E-PHAP) program. The distance E-PHAP program is tailored toward working professionals currently in or seeking leadership roles in government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations that aim to improve the health of populations. Students will gain skills in managing public health organizations, develop and implement public health policy and apply research to programs and policy performance. The 42-credit, distance (on-line) program can be completed in 25 months with full time study by completing 34 credits of online coursework and attending four, two-credit, on-campus sessions for a total of 17 days of face-to-face instruction. Learn more by reviewing our website or contacting Heather Peterson, Senior Program Coordinator at peter909@umn.edu or 612-624-6664. You can also call Donna McAlpine, Associate Professor/Program Director at 612-625-9919.

Apply today to be a part of the next cohort starting January 2014.





                                 Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards 

                                       563 Carter Court, Suite B    *     Kimberly, WI  54136

                                        P: 920.560.5635      *      F:  920.882.3655     *     WALHDAB@badgerbay.co