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August 2017

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WALHDAB Board Update

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

  • Reviewed board roster - there are a few openings on the board - please contact the WALHDAB office if you are interested in participating
  • Discussed potential spring WALHDAB event, focusing on local health department operations
  • WALHDAB Leadership was able to present to the Wisconsin Counties Association Health and Human Services in July and discussed future priorities with WCA
  • Division of Public Health Leadership will be joining the Board Meeting in December - if you have topics or questions you would like the Division to address with the board, please share with your regional rep or WALHDAB staff

The next WALHDAB Board meeting will be Friday, September 8th.

August Legislative News & Updated Legislative Grid

So far, the Democratic primary is shaping up to be a crowded field of experienced politicians as well as political newcomers. WPHA-WALHDAB’s government affairs team continues to monitor field and will provide updates as campaign season progresses.


Along with working to secure $500,000 in funding in the state budget for local health departments to combat and control communicable diseases, WPHA and WALHDAB’s Joint Public Affairs Committee has been very active in following pieces of legislation that relate to public health in Wisconsin.


So far into the 2017-2018 legislative session, WPHA and WALHDAB are tracking 46 pieces of legislation, some in which we have taken official positions in support or opposition with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Of the 46 bills of interest to WPHA and WALHDAB, we have registered in support of 25 and registered in opposition to 3.


We will continue to monitor the progress of the 18 other bills but decided it was not in our best interest to take an official position one way or the other. Six of the bills WPHA and WALHDAB support have been signed into law and one we have opposed became law. More bills are introduced by legislators from both sides of the aisle each week so we expect these numbers to increase as the session continues.


More Democrats Announce Candidacies for Governor


Although no official announcement has been made, Governor Scott Walker has hinted he intends to seek a third term in 2018 as the Republican candidate. A number of Democrats are lining up to run against Walker’s reelection bid. Since July, four Democrats officially announced their candidacy and seven indicated their interest in running for Governor. Read more.


Foxconn Chairman Interested in UW Cancer Research


In July 2017, Governor Scott Walker and President Donald Trump announced that Foxconn, a Taiwanese-based electronics manufacturer, plans to build a factory in southeastern Wisconsin. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou announced the company will invest $10 billion and employ upwards of 13,000 workers in the state. Read more.


Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid (August 3, 2017) 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.

Webinar Recording & Handouts Available: A Progress Report from the Partnership for Value-based Coordinated Care - WPHA-WALHDAB’s mid-term legislative priority

Program summary:

Join us for an update on the progress made since the Initial business case for coordinated team-based care was released in August 2016. The Partnership for Value-based Coordinated Care has made significant progress in formalizing this partnership, updating the business case, and working toward identifying the essential elements of coordinated team-based care.

Webinar Recording Now Available

Please click below for webinar handouts:

PowerPoint Slides


Purpose Statement




Public Health

LGBTQ+ Equity Training - Sept 25 & Oct 16 - Madison

Public Health Madison & Dane County is pleased to announce two LGBTQ+ trainings this fall! Cost is $35, and light refreshments will be provided. Please share attached flyer (for the 101 training) with your networks, and find additional registration information below.

(Back by popular demand): LGBTQ+ Competency Training 101
Monday, September 25. 9 am – 1 pm. Warner Park. Madison, WI.

This training is geared toward professionals working in government social/human services and their community partners.

For social and human services: The goals of this training are to establish a shared understanding of key concepts related to LGBTQ+ health disparities. This training will also highlight assets and needs of the City of Madison LGBTQ+ community as they relate to health and human services.

For law enforcement: The goals of this training are to establish a shared understanding of key concepts related to LGBTQ+ health disparities. This training will also highlight assets and needs of the City of Madison LGBTQ+ community as they relate to law enforcement.

Sign up here.

***NEW***   LGBTQ+ Competency Training 2.0              
Monday, October 16. 9 am – 1 pm. Warner Park. Madison, WI.

This training is the second part of the LGBTQ Competency Training. Through this training participants will have a reinforced understanding of key concepts regarding LGBTQ identities, will be able to identify areas of change for their agencies in regards to welcoming LGBTQ clients, and will practice personal and professional skills for interacting with LGBTQ individuals/clients/customers. View the flyer here.

Sign up here.

Feel free to contact Rachel Goldberg at with any questions or concerns.

Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health - The Westin Michigan Ave., Chicago
Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 2017

The Forum will bring together organizations and key stakeholders dedicated to improving health, health equity, and social determinants of health for all Americans. The goal of the meeting is to engage attendees in a broad dialogue to solve multi-sector, complex issues to improve the health of communities and integrate clinical and community health and prevention strategies. Visit the Midwest Forum website here.

Scholarships: A limited amount of funding for scholarships. Please note that scholarships are available to assist with program enrollment costs ONLY and are not applicable for travel, food, or accommodation costs associated with attending the program. To apply for scholarships, complete the online Scholarship Application. The application deadline for scholarships is November 1, 2017 and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Scholarships will be prioritized for registrations from community-based organizations with budgets less than $2 million, participants from local and state health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other small, rural, or critical access hospitals with limited funds for participation.

Save the Date for the 2018 NALBOH Annual Conference
August 8-10, 2018
Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley

The early call for presentations is now open!  Have an idea for a presentation at the 2018 conference, please share your information now and the NALBOH office will follow-up with you as planning for the 2018 conference begins!  Learn more!

Deadline September 1st - Nominations for WEHA Environmental Health Professional of the Year

WEHA consists of environmental public health professionals in the public, private and academic sector throughout the state. Even with the diverse professional background, WEHA shares one common thread: to improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents by focusing on environmental and public health issues.

The Environmental Health Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual for their contributions and commitment to environmental and public health.  The recipient of this award will personify our dedication to serve and protect the citizens of Wisconsin from the health risks posed by the environment in which we live.  Peers, management or the community at large can nominate an individual. 

This is an ideal time to recognize a staff member for their outstanding and committed work to the profession of environmental public health.  Take the time to nominate a deserving individual for this distinguished award. Nomination materials can be found at The deadline to submit materials is September 1, 2017. 

WHA Presents Emergency Preparedness Conference, September 20 in Madison

On September 20, the Wisconsin Hospital Association is sponsoring the “WHA Emergency Preparedness Conference: Ready to Respond.” This important, one-day conference will feature national experts who will share communication and preparedness lessons learned from real world events and focus on current threats facing health care organizations, including workplace and community violence and highly infectious diseases. Attendees will have the opportunity to collect strategies to enhance their current emergency management programs, practice them through interactive exercises, and integrate those preparedness and communication strategies into daily operations.

Please view more details and registration information by clicking here

Register Today for One of Two HPV Summits

The purpose of the Wisconsin HPV Vaccine Summits is to improve HPV immunization rates throughout the state by providing the following:
  • Current, state-specific data on HPV disease epidemiology and immunization rates
  • Updates on the types of diseases caused by HPV
  • Information on HPV vaccine safety
  • How to address vaccine hesitancy
  • Ways to advocate for systems strengthening and appropriate financial coverage
  • Best practices for improving timely completion of the entire HPV vaccine series
  • A forum for sharing HPV-related quality improvement projects from across the state
  • Discussion of the barriers faced in initiating and completing HPV immunizations

 Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Bemis Center - St. Norbert College, Green Bay, WI  - Register Now

Thursday, October 26, 2017

View speakers and sessions here.

MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health Call for Nominations

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) is pleased to announce an opportunity to join a volunteer leadership board that is helping to propel the most promising work and ideas to advance the health of Wisconsin communities. AHW is seeking nominations to fill a public member vacancy on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Consortium on Public and Community Health in the category of community health advocate,defined further by clicking hereThe nomination deadline is September 15, 2017.

Additional information regarding MCW Consortium responsibilities, nomination procedures and timelines can be found on the AHW website.

For questions, please contact AHW at or (414) 955-4350.

Register for the 2017 WI Oral Health Conference: Building Bridges: Linking Medicine and Dentistry

Join us at the 2017 Wisconsin Oral Health Conference, October 3-4 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, as leaders in the health care community convene to develop exciting and innovative ideas around the integration of oral health and primary care.  

This conference is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, health researchers, dental/health educators, legislators, public health officials, Medicaid/CHIP dental program staff, community health center personnel, Head Start workers, school nurses, students, health policy advocates and federally employed dental personnel – in short, anyone interested in collaborating to improve oral health of the public. Click here to register.

Wisconsin Environmental Health Association 2017 Educational Conference - Early Registration Deadline September 10th! 

October 18th-20th
Blue Harbor Resort
Sheboygan, WI

This conference has broad spectrum of sessions that would be of interest to Health Officers, Public Health Nurses, Preparedness Planners and Environmental Health Specialists.   This conference includes three "preparedness" themed sessions on 10/19 with an exercise on food security/defense.  Preparedness funding has been approved to attend this conference. 

Keep in mind that the first day (Wed Oct 18) will include training from BEOH on a variety of Environmental issues as well as a session on developing an Ethics Advisory Committee in your jurisdiction.

To get more information or to register – please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Annual Public Health Conference

Don't forget to SAVE the DATE for the 2018 Annual Conference scheduled for May 22-24, 2018 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI. Watch your emails for the theme announcement and Call for Presentations!

We look forward to a great 2018 Conference and want to see you there!

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