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April 2017

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WALHDAB Board Meeting Update

The WALHDAB board addressed a number of issues at their April meeting, including:

  • Extending the deadline for officer nominations - Consider joining the WALHDAB board! Election information to come soon.
  • Reviewed potential projects of continuing and pursuing grant opportunities.
  • Register for the 2017 Conference - 2 staff and unlimited board of health members can register at the member rate.
  • WALHDAB leadership has begun meeting with DATCP on a regular basis to build partnership and communication between organizations.
  • Discussed and approved 2017-2018 dues structure beginning July '17.
  • Reviewed and approved Title X representatives for DHS Workgroup.

The next board meeting is May 12th.

April Legislative News and Updated Legislative Grid

On April 10, the Local Health Protection Act has was introduced for co-sponsorship by Rep. Paul Tittl (R – Manitowoc) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R – Ripon). As members know, we started working on this months ago, and it took a team effort to get to this point. We appreciate Rep. Tittl and Sen. Olsen for their leadership and taking on this important initiative!

With an ever-present threat from known as well as new and exotic communicable diseases, this bill is necessary to help keep the public safe. The Local Health Protection Act establishes $2.5 million in dedicated funding in each year of the 2017-2019 biennium to help ensure local communities can adequately respond to communicable and infectious disease outbreaks. Under the bill, DHS would create an equitable formula to distribute the funds to local health departments to strengthen prevention, disease surveillance, contact tracing, staff development and training, and public education.

The bill authors were joined by 19 members of the Assembly and 5 members of the Senate that included members from around the state and both sides of the aisle.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to contact their legislators and testify at budget public hearings around the state. Your personal stories and professional perspective were instrumental in garnering and building support, but our efforts are not finished. The next step in the legislative process will be for the bill to receive a public hearing. We will be calling on you to testify in support of the bill as we continue working on the Local Health Protection Act. Stay tuned. Click here to view who signed on to co-sponsor the bill and more details. Now is the time to pass local resolutions and reach out to your legislators - check out over 50 resolutions here!

Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid with WALHDAB's positions can be viewed by clicking here. Please don't forget - WALHDAB members can submit a request for the Public Affairs Committee to take action on a particular policy, plan, proposal, or piece of legislation.

2017 Awards - Congratulations to the Health Officer & Outstanding Board of Health of the Year & Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship Winner! 

Congratulations to this year's WALHDAB Award Winners:

  • Kathy Munsey, Green Lake County Health Officer - Health Officer of the Year
  • Sauk County Board of Health - Outstanding Board of Health of the Year
  • Janessa VandenBerge - Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship

WALHDAB will again be recognizing new local health officers, retiring local health officers, and newly accredited health departments throughout the Conference. Thank you to everyone who nominated individuals and boards for WALHDAB Awards. 

Add the WALHDAB Annual Meeting to Your Schedule - 
May 24th - Wisconsin Dells

The WALHDAB Annual Meeting will take place at the Wilderness Resort on May 24th from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Agenda and meeting materials will be coming soon! 

All members of WALHDAB are encouraged to attend to hear about the successes, activities and updates through the past year and for the future years to come! 

Haven't registered yet? There is still time! Please go to the WPHA-WALHDAB Annual Conference page. Over 400 public health professionals are already registered-be sure to join them! 

WALHDAB Bylaws for Review Available

WALHDAB's board of directors has been reviewing the current bylaws for updates. These are posted for member consideration and action at this year's Annual Business Meeting on May 24th in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Please view the proposed bylaws, and the current bylaws, most recently updated in 2014.

Consider Joining the WALHDAB Board!

The Nominating Committee is still searching for a candidate(s) for the Board of Health Co-President Elect position for the 2017-2018 WALHDAB Board.

Electronic ballot for officers will be sent out shortly. New officers will begin their term at the Annual Meeting on May 24, 2017. If you are interested in serving on the WALHDAB Board as regional representative, be sure to contact your respective rep for term information.

Any questions, please contact the WALHDAB office.

WALHDAB Environmental Health Specialty
Group Update

The WALHDAB-Environmental Health (EH) Specialty Group is a forum to share discipline specific information and discuss emerging issues in environmental health.  The intent is to include individuals within a Health Department that have duties and roles in environmental health.  Those would include Environmental Health Supervisors, Environmental Health Specialists or other staff.  The goal is to have a representative from each Local Health Department to help stay engaged in environmental health issues within Wisconsin. 

The WALHDAB-EH Specialty Group meets on the third Thursday in the first month of each quarter (January, April, July, and October).  In addition to the meetings, WALDHAB-EH Specialty Group has an interactive page on the WALHDAB website.  This is used as a mode of communication to the members of the Group and keeps individuals engaged. 

To be part of the communication within WALHDAB-EH Specialty Group email the Chair Natalie Vandeveld at natalie.vandeveld@outagamie.org.  

WALHDAB and DATCP Increase Partnership through Monthly Meetings

Starting in March, WALHDAB and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) began holding monthly teleconference meetings.  The purpose of the monthly meetings is to establish a continuous method of communication between WALHDAB and DATCP.   With increased and standardized communication it is the hope to forecast any issues that might impact Local Health Departments and partner together to achieve solutions, provide a Local Health Department perspective in regards to DATCP policies/procedures/legislation, strengthen consistency with licensing services in regards to the Agent Program and connect with all Local Health Departments in Wisconsin.  Attendees of the teleconference meeting are WALHDAB Co-Presidents, WALHDAB Co-President Elects, WALDHAB-EH Chair, DATCP Food Safety and Recreational Safety Technical Section Chief, DATCP Division of Food Safety Director and WALHDAB Staff. We are excited to continue to advance this important relationship to Local Health Departments!  

Wisconsin Health News features Public Affairs Co-Chairs: Bill provides more funding to fight disease
Wisconsin Health News, April 17

A bill backed by local health departments would provide them with more funding to prevent and respond to communicable diseases.

The legislation, circulated by Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, and Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, would provide $2.5 million over the next biennium to improve disease surveillance and investigation. It will also provide additional funding for prevention, staff training and public awareness.

The bill has the support of the Wisconsin Public Health Association and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards.

"It is time to invest in prevention because our local health departments simply need additional resources to fight communicable diseases," said Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department director. "Our residents deserve it and Wisconsin's health depends on it."

Local Health Officer Orientation Graduates Three New Health Officers

The Spring 2017 session of the New Local Health Officer Orientation took place in Wisconsin Dells, WI on April 20-21, 2017.


Topics included a Colors Communication Training, Modernizing Health Departments, Collective Impact, Stress Reduction, Budgeting, CHIPPs, and what is it really like to be a new health officer? Networking and sharing of resources were among the highest value for attendees. 

This session included graduation of three health officers, April Loeffler, Buffalo County Public Health; Jed Wohlt, Waupaca County DHHS and Angela Weideman, Chippewa County Department of Public Health. 

To view additional photos and speakers, please click here

Register for Upcoming NALBOH Conference in Cleveland, OH, August 2-4, 2017

Make plans now to join NALBOH in Cleveland, OH. View the full registration brochure or register todayPlease be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. Not a member? Consider joining NALBOH today!

Don't Forget to Reserve Your Hotel Room! 
Reservation Deadline: July 11, 2017
The Westin Cleveland Downtown
Phone: 888-267-8085 or visit the Westin Online at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NALBOH2017
Rate: $159 single/double occupancy; $209 club room; or $259 suites.
When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under the NALBOH 2017 room block

NACCHO Annual Conference - July 11-13 - Pittsburgh

The theme of this year's conference, Public Health Revolution: Bridging Clinical Medicine and Population Health, highlights the unique opportunity local public health has to convene discussions and efforts around population health, clinical medicine, and the management of systems that measure health and healthcare outcomes.

Local health officials from health departments of any size can share experiences and learn from their peers while making lasting connections at NACCHO Annual 2017. Attendees will learn how to measure programs and services to ensure resources are being used effectively and demonstrate a return on investment to policymakers and other stakeholders. Register for the conference by June 9 for early-bird discount rates!

WCIP March Meeting Minutes Posted

The Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices (WCIP) held their meeting on March 10, 2017 in Madison. Click here to find WCIP's meeting minutes written by WALHDAB WCIP rep, Tina Sullivan.

WCN Releases 2016 Wisconsin RN Survey Report

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing released the most recent RN Survey Report, summarizing key workforce statistics of over 80,000 State of Wisconsin nurses.  The report details work settings, age groups, retirement patterns, and diversity for nurses and nurse educators in Wisconsin, including regional levels throughout the state.

The report was developed through the dedicated efforts of nurse researchers Susan J. Zahner, DrPh, MPH, RN, FAAN (UW Madison School of Nursing), and Barbara Pinekenstein, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS (UW Madison School of Nursing); with statistician services provided by Jeffrey Henriques, PhD, (UW Madison).

The report is available on the WCN website.

WI Health News Conference - July 19th - Madison

While Republicans may have walked away from the American Health Care Act, the healthcare debate is certain to continue. Will the Trump Administration fight to keep the Affordable Care Act afloat? Or will it use its power to hasten the law’s demise? Will lawmakers move left or right to forge a new deal?

In the meantime, Gov. Scott Walker is pushing ahead with Medicaid reforms that likely would not have been approved a year ago.  What does it mean for the program? 

National and regional healthcare experts will tackle these questions and more at the 2017 Wisconsin Health News Conference, July 19 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  Registration now open.

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