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WALHDAB Supports the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017  
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WALHDAB Supports the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation

The Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards is excited to share share Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program, a new effort from the Mo University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with diverse statewide partners. This program aims to recognize, encourage Wisconsin communities to improve their health, and promote cooperation across economic development and health improvement initiatives. Overarching program goals are:

1. To recognize local communities’ efforts to improve health in multiple areas such as health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment and;

2. To encourage communities to conceptualize health improvement in this broad way, structuring their health improvement efforts accordingly;

3. To promote the synergy between economic development and health improvement.

We understand that multi-sector engagement in the health and well-being of our community members is necessary to ensure positive health outcomes. Health improvement efforts must reach well beyond the traditional work of health care providers and public health departments, and include diverse partnerships. Communities that pay attention to the many factors that influence health will find their residents living longer, better lives and will increase their economic competitiveness, which is why WALHDAB supports the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program.

Communities that apply for and receive the Healthy Communities Designation will have a concrete way to acknowledge and celebrate their work to improve quality of life in their community. The application process is designed to boost existing health improvement efforts by providing guidance on the types of strategies and initiatives that have been shown to work, as well as by encouraging applicants to increase the degree of collaboration among diverse stakeholder groups in their communities.

Visit the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation website to learn more about the program and the application process and timeline.


We encourage you to learn more about this program and its benefits and share with any community leaders, organizations, coalitions, etc. that may be interested in applying. Any self-defined, local, place-based community in Wisconsin is eligible to apply. Additional information on the program can be found here.

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