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WALHDAB is the statewide leader and voice for local governmental public health.

Board, Sections and Committees
WALHDAB is a 501(c)6 organization with a governing board. WALHDAB's regions, sections and committees are opportunities for engagement. 

WALHDAB is organized by regions in alignment with the Department of Health Services - Division of Public Health. View the regions by clicking here.

Check out the Group Pages by clicking below:
Environmental Health

Local health departments and their boards of health are eligible for membership. The equivalent of a local health department and board of health established by a tribal governing body is also eligible for membership. Each health department has two voting members, one vote from the agency health officer and one vote from a board of health member.
The Wisconsin state health officer, administrator of the Division of Public Health, and the Regional Office Directors will be ex-officio members of the organization with no voting rights.

Membership dues are based on the jurisdiction's population level, and has six size levels. 

50% of WALHDAB dues for 2019 are not deductible as a section 162 business expense for federal income tax purposes due to section 6033(e) lobbying activities notice and reporting requirements. (This is not a PAC.).  Please keep this notice with your tax records.

Structure and Governance

Governance is by a Board of Directors who represent both board of health members and local health officers. The 5 regions of WALHDAB each identify their own representatives to the board. Each region is represented on the WALHDAB board by a board of health member and a local health officer.  The presidency is also similarly co-represented. The Co-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the entire membership, and the Specialty Groups identify a chair to be on the WALHDAB board.    

Standing committees include:  Executive, Joint Public Affairs (WALHDAB and Wisconsin Public Health Association), Annual Meeting/Program, Nomination and Bylaws.  Committees welcome new members.

The primary source of revenue is annual dues, which are determined by the Board of Directors.  The fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.

Activities include:

  • Share professional information/viewpoints and establish a common voice for public health in governance and administration.
  • Formulate a legislative agenda to direct focus of positions.
  • Review status of key issues and develop positions.
  • Educate members regarding public health practice issues through an annual conference, regular meetings, and legislative updates.
  • Recognize public health leader contributions annually.

Strategic Plan
The strategic plan can be found here. 

Resolutions and Policies
Resolution to adopt "Principles of Collaboration between State and Local Public Health Officials"

Bylaws and Important Papers
WALHDAB bylaws can be found here

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