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June 2019 - New Health Officers Graduate from Orientation

Wednesday, July 31, 2019  
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The Summer 2019 session of the New Local Health Officer Orientation took place in Stevens Point, WI on June 11-12.

Topics included an follow-up presentation on the Real Colors training provided by the University of WI Madison, Division of Extension Wood County.  Attendees shared experiences using this training both as they reflected on their own "colors" and as they considered how they could use this tool with their local health department staff. 


This session was followed by a presentation on Change Management, by Linda Conlon from the Oneida County Health Department.  Linda provided our new local health officers with a number of tools and strategies for navigating the ever changing public health landscape.  

As we continue to try to update and improve orientation session, we were pleased to welcome Bonnie Kolbe, Health Officer for Calumet County and Todd Romenesko the Calumet County, County Administrator.  Bonnie and Todd provided a "new" presentation for this orientation session on Local County Government and the Board of Health Relationship.  They provided helpful insight on the various structures new local health officers may be experiencing in their various jurisdictions and discussed the importance of building relationships within that structure and with your board of health members.  Day one of the orientation then concluded with one of the most popular presentations of the orientation program, Communications Training provided by Ann McCall from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Spencer Straub from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Department of Health Services.  This session allowed attendees to do mock interviews and discuss mapping out messages for media interviews, etc.  

Day two of the orientation welcomed Mary Dorn, Health Officer for Outagamie County.  Mary provided a session on Supervision and Operationalizing Your Budget.  These sessions are always very well received by participants as they provide practical examples and real stories from the field.  Mary co-presented on budget details with Kären Drogsvold and Yvette Smith from the Division of Public to provide attendees with details and specifics on the various systems used by the state to coordinate funding with local health departments.  Doug Gieryn, Winnebago County Health Department and Jed Wohlt, Waupaca County Health Department then provided a presentation on Human Health Hazards.  Doug and Jed provided great examples and resources for attendees (in addition to great pictures). The June orientation concluded with presentations by Christy Vogt and Connie Bell from the Division of Public Health.  Christy and Connie shared resources available for local health departments related to environmental public health tracking and communicable disease. 

Thank you to all of our presenters for making the trip to Stevens Point, WI to present to our newest cohort of local health officers!  If you are ever interested in presenting as part of our new local health officer orientation series, please contact Julie at the WALHDAB office.  These sessions would not be possible without the ability to share the experience of those of you in the field.  Please consider joining us as a presenter at a future session!    

 Congratulations to our most recent orientation graduates!  


Abby Sauer,Dodge County Health Department pictured with Christina Beach-Baumgartner, WI DPH Southern Regional Office.

Dawn Brost,Rusk County Health Department pictured with Christina Beach-Baumgartner, WI DPH Southern Regional Office.
Sarah Miller, Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services pictured with Tim Ringhand, WI DPH Western Regional Office.


“Funding for this event was made possible, in part, by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”

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