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February 2017

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WALHDAB Board Meeting Update

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

  • WALHDAB Staff shared possible proposals to continue grant work with the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program. Prior work has been done with the Wisconsin Partnership Program regarding CHIA and CHIPP resources.
  • Bylaws were reviewed for additional changes - open for comment from Board members until March meeting, and proposed bylaws will be shared with members. 
  • WALHDAB Awards committee looking for additional volunteers to review award nominations.
  • WALHDAB board reviewed 2017-2018 dues structure
  • WALHDAB Board reviewed terms for nominations, including regional representatives. Consider joining the WALHDAB board!

The next board meeting is March 10th.

Legislative Update - Act Now to Request Funding for Communicable Disease

If you have not passed a Communicable Disease resolution at your County Board level, it is not too late. We are continually updating the list of CD resolutions in hopes to have a majority of the state in red. Click here for the most up to date map. Please let us know if you have passed a resolution and it is not indicated here!

The time is NOW to be contacting you legislators with the importance of funding for prevention and control of Communicable Diseases. Please fill out this Key Contact Form if you are interested in meeting with your legislators. We will be happy to work with you to set up a meeting when and where it’s convenient for you.

We need to continue to advocate for communicable disease funding for our communities using the updated the talking points and budget request and work towards amending the proposed budget. Please also view the Leave Behind when meeting with your legislators. 

Other Legislative Updates: 

Please also find an updated budget summary from the 2017-2019 budget.

With the new legislative session comes the new legislative grid! The Joint Public Affairs Committee is already taking position on bills that are being circulated. Please view the new legislative grid here.

If you're unsure of who your legislators are, please visit the Who are my legislators website. Just type in your home address to find out who represents you and where you can e-mail them. Find out more regarding updates on Communicable Disease Advocacy by clicking here.

WPHA-WALHDAB Public Affairs Committee Opening

The Public Affairs Committee is a partnership with the Wisconsin Public Health Association and has a total of 14 representatives and voting members. (Seven from WPHA & Seven from WALHDAB). There is currently a position open for a WALHDAB member at large (all regions of the state are currently represented).

The Public Affairs Committee meets on a monthly basis (3rd Thursday of each month @ 11 a.m.) with WALHDAB staff, committee members, and lobbyists.

If you are interested in this committee position, please click here to submit your interest by March 3rd.  

2017 Annual Conference - Register Today & Book your Hotel Room - Rooms are Expected to Sell Out!

Registration has been open for just over 3 weeks and well over 175 have registered! You will not want to miss the 2017 Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2017, at the Wilderness Resort. It's never too early to reserve your guestroom at the Glacier Canyon Lodge - Rooms are expected to sell out.

Check out the full Conference brochure, including the broad range of special events! There is something for everyone. As a reminder, please log in to your WALHDAB membership when registering. TWO staff and all board of health members receive the member rate. 

Wilderness Resort-Glacier Canyon Lodge Rate: 
Prevailing State Rate/Single Occupancy, $99.99/Double-Quad 
Deadline: April 21, 2017;www.glaciercanyonlodge.com;800-867-WILD

*When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under the WPHA - 2017 Annual Conference (Leader #535207)

Poster Reception: Poster presenters will be available to discuss their posters as well as answer questions during the reception May 24. Submit your poster abstract today

WALHDAB Board of Health Scholarships Available - Deadline Tomorrow!

WALHDAB is offering scholarships to support board of health members with their attendance at the 2017 Annual Conference, May 23-25 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Each WALHDAB Region will be awarded 2 scholarships given to Board of Health members for the Annual Conference. Please see below for further criteria. It is necessary to apply using this form on the website. Please forward on to your Board Members to ensure all have the opportunity to apply. Please contact the WALHDAB Office if you have any questions. If two board members per region have not submitted, WALHDAB has the right to give scholarships to other region members. 

Deadline to apply is March 1. *Only applications through the WALHDAB website will be considered.

Criteria for consideration: 

  • Board of Health Member
  • Preference given to First Time Attendee of the Annual Conference
  • WALHDAB Member has not received CHRR monies in the past
  • Preference of 2 scholarships given to each region (other regions will be considered if not applied for)
  • Preference given to plan to attend full conference
  • Give reasoning to why the Conference would benefit as board of health member

Working Collectively to Modernize Public Health Practice: Submit Your Abstract for the WPHA Public Health Nursing Conference Today!

The WPHA PHN Section is currently collecting abstracts for the 2017 PHN Conference: Working Collectively to Modernize Public Health Practice. This is a special event as it will be the 20th Anniversary of the PHN Conference. As part of that celebration, the PHN Section is looking forward to welcoming all public health professionals to this exciting educational activity.  We invite you to submit an abstract to share your expertise and knowledge at the 2017 Public Health Nursing Conference. This invitation is for oral presentations

Don't wait, submit your abstract today! Abstracts must be submitted by March 30 to be considered. Click here to learn more and to submit your abstract today!

2017 Awards - Nominate a Colleague or Board of Health!

The WALHDAB Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations for awards to be presented at the WPHA-WALHDAB Annual Conference, May 23-25th at the Wilderness Resort - Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

When you think of outstanding contributions to public health and to WALHDAB, who do you think of?  Is there a particular board of health that has been highly successful in its work?  Is there a local health officer who has gone the extra mile in helping WALHDAB advance its mission and goals?  WALHDAB is seeking nominations for a Board of the Year as well as a Local Health Officer of the Year.  

WALHDAB will again be recognizing new local health officers, retiring local health officers, and newly accredited health departments. Please contact the WALHDAB office with names of new or retirees to be recognized (individuals should have started or retired between May 2016-May 2017 to be recognized at the 2017 Annual Conference.) 

Award nomination information can be found on the WALHDAB website. Submissions are due by April 7th

WALHDAB is also seeking local health department staff and board of health members to participate in the awards committee. If you are interested, please contact the WALHDAB Office. 

Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship Applicants Requested

Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) announces a Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship intended for graduate education within the UW System.

The scholarship is available to individuals who have worked in community health in Wisconsin for the equivalent of two years within the last five years.  The applicant must pursue graduate studies in their field, including but not limited to: Administrative Medicine, Community Health Education, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Toxicology
Epidemiology, Nursing, Public Affairs and Administration, Public Affairs and Policy Analysis, Public Health, School Education. Special thanks to the WALHDAB Southern Region for their work on this Scholarship in previous years and making this possible.

Applications must be filled out electronically no later than April 7, 2017.  The scholarship is planned to be announced at the Annual Conference and awarded prior to the fall semester.  The scholarship award amount will be approximately $500 per yearThis person does not need to be a WALHDAB member, so please share with your networks. 

Please click here for more details and to apply. 

Diversity Matters - 2nd Public Health Career and Internship Fair - April 6, 2017

WALHDAB members and organizations are invited to join us to exhibit or attend the 2nd Diversity Matters Public Health Career and Internship Fair in April! We are looking for local health departments that can share the work that is done on a day to day basis, and if there's an opportunity for internships or future careers!

April 6, 2017 
5:30-7:30 PM
Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park Location
Milwaukee, WI
Learn More

Fair Exhibitor - Interested in exhibiting at the event or need more details? Read more here. For this event, there is no charge for exhibitor or attendees!

Consider sharing the fair flyer with students, co-workers or other organizations who may be interested in learning more about the upcoming fair.

This event is hosted by Diversity Matters - a statewide initiative with the goal of increasing the diversity of Wisconsin’s public health workforce by inspiring African American and Hispanic students in middle school, high school and college to pursue a career in public health. Diversity Matters is a WPHA project funded wholly by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

WI Submits Grant Application to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Funds to help build on prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) has submitted an application for up to $15.7 million in federal funding to boost the state’s response to the growing misuse and abuse of opioids.

“This is an important step forward in our efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of state residents,” said Governor Scott Walker. “The services and supports funded by this grant will bring hope and healing to individuals impacted by this public health crisis, their families, and their communities.” 

View the entire news release. 

Introduction to the Wisconsin HealthCorps Webinar (for interested Host Sites)

As spring approaches it is time to start thinking about the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps program year. To kick things off, The Wisconsin HealthCorps will be hosting a Webinar on March 13th from 1:00 – 2:30 for any host sites that are interested in applying to be a host site for the upcoming program year. We will be covering the mission and goals of the program, program logistics, the application process, and hear from guest speaker Reba Rice (CEO of NorthLakes) about the benefits, challenges, and rewards of hosting an AmeriCorps member. The webinar is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about hosting an AmeriCorps member, and it is highly encouraged that both new and returning host sites participate to learn about the application process.

Date & Time:

Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 1:00 PM Central Daylight Time

Audio Details:

U.S. Toll: 303.248.0285

Access Code: 5948398

Click here for the Registration Link.

Questions? Contact Kysa Stocking, Program Coordinator at kstocking@wphca.org or 608-443-2956.

Registration Open for Wisconsin Health Literacy Conference - April 4-5, 2017 @ Monona Terrace, Madison

Registration is now open for the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, “Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement.” This event, sponsored by Wisconsin Health Literacy, will be held April 4-5, 2017, at Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

Summit information is available at www.bit.ly/hlsummit.  An early bird discount is offered through March 7. CME credit is available.

Seven general sessions, twenty-six different breakout workshops, and a poster presentation offer information to improve chronic disease management, patient engagement and satisfaction, clinical outcomes, health insurance literacy and better engagement of people in their health and health care.  A day-long workshop, “Improving Prescription Drug Labels to Help Patient Understanding: A Medication Label Summit and a half day session on AHRQ’s  SHARE APPROACH on shared decision-making are offered April 3.

NACCHO Releases 2016 Annual Report

NACCHO has released its 2016 Annual Report, which summarizes the association’s significant accomplishments last year. In 2016, NACCHO advanced the work of local health officials and their staffs by building local health department (LHD) capacity, highlighting innovation, advocating for public health priorities, and connecting its members to improve public health practice. NACCHO awarded more than $1 million to 45 demonstration sites, gave $2.5 million to Medical Reserve Corps units through the MRC Challenge Awards, presented 64 workshops and webinars, produced 76 publications, provided more than 420 hours of on-on-one technical assistance, and hosted three major conferences attended by more than 4,000 total participants. The report also describes the ways in which the association’s values of leadership, excellence, health equity, participation, and innovation have guided NACCHO in advancing the work of LHDs in 2016.

Don't forget how important it is to become members of our national affiliates, both NACCHO and NALBOH!

Wisconsin Health Education Network (WHEN) Annual Meeting - April 20 - Registration Now Available! 
Building a Culture of Health: Capacity, Collaboration and Community Connections

April 20, 2017
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Marriott Madison West Hotel
1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, Wis.

Keynote Presenters:

  • Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN
  • Bevan K. Baker, MHA, FACHE

For more details and to register, please click here.

WI Health News March 7 Panel: The Rise of Prescription drug costs: What to do?

Increasing prescription drug costs have caught the attention of the President and the public. What's behind the rapid rise and how far are lawmakers willing to go?

Would allowing Medicare to negotiate with drugmakers make an impact? What about cutting taxes and regulations? And would lower prices mean less innovation?  Learn more at a Wisconsin Health News Panel Event March 7 at the Madison Club (register now).  Panelists:

  • Holly Campbell, Senior Director of Public Affairs, PhRMA
  • Dr. Mark Huth, CEO, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Andy Pulvermacher, Specialty Services Supervisor, UW Health
  • Paul Rosowski, Senior Director, Industry Relations and Contracting, Navitus Health Solutions

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