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Happy Holidays from WALHDAB Board and Staff

The team at the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards wishes you health and best wishes throughout the coming year. Enjoy the new year with your colleagues, friends, and families - we look forward to 2018!

We wish you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season.

WALHDAB Board Update

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

  • Featured guests, Karen McKeown, Charles Warzecha, and Mimi Johnson from the Division of Public Health, discussed partnerships and opportunities for improved work together.
  • WALHDAB will consider submitting a presentation abstract for the 2018 Wisconsin Counties Association meeting.
  • Discussed additional opportunities for support and engagement at the 2018 WALHDAB Conference.
  • Reviewed suggested changes to ATCP 75.
  • Recommendation and approval of Hoven Consulting lobby contract to be renewed for 2018-2019.
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS from WALHDAB Board and Staff!

The next WALHDAB Board Meeting is Friday, January 12th.

Registration Now Open for 2018 Operations Conference for Local Public Health

February 6-7, 2018
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Background & Intended Audience
This event is in response to continued requests to expand the offering of the DPH/WALHDAB New Local Health Officer Orientation held three times per year. Many have expressed interest to have additional training as managers and/or experienced health officers. 
This event is specifically intended for health officers and directors, supervisors, department leaders, board of health members, and senior level staff. 

Find out more details regarding breakout sessions online and register today! Download an abbreviated schedule here

$100 WALHDAB Member
$150 Non WALHDAB Member

Afternoon Keynote:

Katherine Sanders, Sociotechnical Systems and Human Factors Engineer

Reserve Your Room Today - Reserve your Room by January 7th!!
Rooms are available at the Chula Vista Resort at the special group rate of $99. To guarantee this rate, and to ensure a room will be available, reservations must be made by January 7, 2018. To make a reservation, please call 866-348-5261. When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under WI Assn of Local Health Departments and Boards.

WALHDAB Legislative Update December 2017

Assembly 507 – “The Lemonade Stand Bill” Update

The Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection recently took action on Thursday, December 7th on Assembly Bill 507. This bill, which is being called, “The Lemonade Stand Bill” would allow minors to operate temporary stands at which “goods are sold directly to consumers” and does not specifically mention lemonade stands anywhere in the text.

WALHDAB has expressed concerns regarding the broad nature of the bill, especially in reference to “goods” being sold. Thank you to all of our members who contacted their legislators about their concerns of the bill.

The government affairs team at Hoven Consulting met with the bill authors and committee members regarding an amendment to prohibit the sale of potentially hazardous food as defined by Wisconsin Food Code. After many series of meetings, it became clear our concerns were felt by committee members, and as a result, the only way the bill would pass out of committee was with an amendment to prohibit the sale of potentially hazardous foods.

Ultimately, the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection voted to adopt the amendment and recommended passage of the bill onto the full Assembly for a vote. This was a major victory for WALHDAB and we are very pleased the bill author and committee members not only heard our concerns, but also addressed them. The amended version of the bill will allow children to operate lemonade stands and protect the public from public safety threats from potentially hazardous foods.

Legislature Gears Up for 2018

Another year is just around the corner and so is another floor period in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Beginning Tuesday, January 16th, both houses can begin scheduling days to vote on legislation. This is typically a very busy and fast-paced time as lawmakers try to get bills passed before the legislature adjourns. Once session ends, legislators transition into campaign mode for the election in November. The next legislative session will begin in January 2019 when the legislature is officially sworn in. 

Find out more about specific bills that we have been watching and candidate races to watch, by clicking here for the full December Legislative update.

Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid (December 18, 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.

Community Health Improvement in Action: CHIA Project Results

With WALHDAB’s CHIA project drawing to a close this year, we invite you to share in the results of this collaborative effort.

Please click here for the printable PDF Document. 

The overall goal of the CHIA project was to strengthen communities’ capacity to implement and evaluate effective community health improvement plans and processes (CHIPP).

7 Tools were created in collaboration with our partners, some of which included:

  • Strategy Map for Preventing and Reducing Alcohol Misuse, an online logic model, accompanied by the User Guide to the Strategy Map.
  • Sample Dashboard for Measuring the Progress and Impact of Alcohol-Related Initiatives, an Excel template for tracking and reporting outcomes, along with a User Guide to the Dashboard and four YouTube video tutorials.
  • Pick List of Alcohol-Related Strategies (formerly named Alcohol-Related Objectives with Focus). 

Though excessive alcohol use is the subject of these resources, they are templates that can be adapted to other health priorities. Download these and other tools from the CHIA Resources page.

CHIA is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and the UW Population Health Institute, funded by a 2014-2017 grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

2018 Annual Conference - Time to Book Your Room at the KI Convention Center!

Thank you to all of you who shared and submitted an abstract for consideration - we have received nearly 100 submissions! You will not want to miss the 2018 Annual Conference, May 22-24, 2018 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The planning committee will review abstracts and presenters will be notified in February! 

KI Convention Center Guestroom Rate: 
Prevailing State Rate/Single Occupancy, $82
Deadline: April 20, 2018

*When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under the Wisconsin Public Health Association. 

WALHDAB Submits Comments Regarding ATCP 75

As many of you know, there was an open comment period for ATCP 75 until December 15, 2017. With information reviewed from the Board, PA Committee, and the WALHDAB Environmental Health Section, comments were submitted on behalf of WALHDAB regarding suggested changes to the rule. Please find attached the document of the comments that were submitted. Please contact the WALHDAB Office with any questions that you may have regarding these suggested comments. Special thanks to the WALHDAB-EH Section for providing their expertise.

The WALHDAB-EH Section meets on a quarterly basis. Their next meeting is:

January 18, 2018
9:30 – 2:00
Portage Courthouse Annex Building
1462 Strongs Ave. Stevens Point

Each person attending the meeting will be responsible for their own lunch. Please click here to register so we know how many attendees to expect.

WALHDAB Member Survey

WALHDAB has developed a 5 minute survey to gather feedback on your membership experience. Your responses and comments will help to guide our plans for WALHDAB in the future.

Please take the survey by January 5th in order for data to be available for mid-year review and planning. Thank you in advance for your time, and enjoy your holidays!



Present at the NALBOH 2018 Conference in North Carolina - Deadline January 15!

Does your board have a program, achievement or presentation you would like to share with fellow board of health members and health department leaders? Consider presenting at the 2018 NALBOH Conference and share your work and ideas!

The NALBOH conference planning committee is accepting abstracts for consideration for the 2018 Conference. Take this opportunity to share your knowledge with your colleagues and friends.

Find out more details about the 2018 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 8-10, and submit your abstract today!

NALBOH is also hosting a webinar that would be of interest to you. The webinar is on January 19 @ 1 p.m. Central, titled, Collaborative Governance: New Tools to Form and Govern Community Health Partnerships

Presenter: James A. Rice, Ph.D., FACHE - Managing Director, Governance and Leadership, Gallagher Integrated/Integrated Healthcare Strategies

Please register by clicking here. This webinar is FREE for NALBOH members. Please be sure to login prior to registering, or considering joining NALBOH!

WALHDAB Supports the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation

WALHDAB is excited to share the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program, a new effort from the 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:

  • To recognize local communities’ efforts to improve health in multiple areas such as health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment and;
  •  To encourage communities to conceptualize health improvement in this broad way, structuring their health improvement efforts accordingly;
  • To promote the synergy between economic development and health improvement.

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.


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

Call for Posters for the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference Now Open!
Consider Presenting a Successful Program, Research or Project!

WPHA and WALHDAB are pleased to open the call for posters for presentation at the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference taking place May 22-24, 2018 Convention at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI. Posters will be on display on Wednesday, May 23 during the afternoon break as a poster preview and will be featured during the poster reception on Wednesday, May 23 from 5-6 p.m.

If you are involved in a study, project or program that would be beneficial to Leading the Evolution of Public Health, the Annual Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit your poster for consideration!

Learn more and submit your poster abstract today!

NACCHO Call for Abstracts Now Open - Present in New Orleans in 2018!

Click here to view more about 2018 NACCHO Call for Abstracts. NACCHO is currently accepting abstracts for the 2018 NACCHO Annual Conference, which will convene July 10–12 in New Orleans, LA. Compelling abstract submissions should describe innovative, proven, or promising evidence-based practices, programs, services, systems, research, technologies, tools, partnerships, principles, and policies. Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM EST on January 17, 2018.

Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices December Meeting Minutes

The Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices (WCIP) held their meeting on December 8, 2017 in Madison. Click here to find WCIP's meeting minutes written by WALHDAB WCIP rep, Tina Sullivan.

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