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July 2017

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WALHDAB Board Update

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

  • Held board orientation for all board members and reviewed plans and priorities for the upcoming year
  • Reviewed board roster - there are a few openings on the board - please contact the WALHDAB office if you are interested in participating
  • Finalizing Membership for 2017-2018 - If you have not renewed, please do so ASAP!
  • Division of Public Health Leadership will again 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, August 11th.

July Legislative News & Updated Legislative Grid

The main headline coming out of Madison is regarding Wisconsin lawmakers failing to pass the state budget by June 30. While state law requires a new budget to be passed when the fiscal year ends on June 30, it does not always happen. Although it is not ideal to miss a deadline, it is actually okay because unlike the federal government, our state government does not shut down if the budget is not passed. Instead, the state is operating under the previous 2015-2017 budget.


The main reason for the delay is because the majority party in both houses of the legislature do not see eye-to-eye on transportation and education funding. In particular, the Assembly wants more new revenue for transportation funding and the Senate wants more bonding. Senate leadership has said they will not support new revenue (raising the gas tax, registration fees, etc.) and leaders in the Assembly have made it clear that high levels of borrowing are a non-starter. While things are still at an impasse regarding this issue, things can break rapidly and lead to a quick budget passage.


As we all know, the public health tent is a big one, so our professional interest in legislation is diverse. The bills WPHA and WALHDAB are tracking span a broad spectrum of issues relating to public health that range from mental health, opioid treatment, multiple jurisdiction health departments, groundwater management, regulating powdered alcohol, the placement of cigarettes, using epinephrine auto-injectors, replacing lead service water lines and sales of homemade baked goods. Please click here to read more of this month's legislative update.


Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid (July 14, 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.

WALHDAB 2017-2018 Membership - Renew Today!

If you haven't, now is the time to renew your membership! Over 70% of members have already renewed.

Renewing your membership online is easy. If you are the primary contact of your WALHDAB Membership, please:

1.  Go to www.walhdab.org.

2.  Log into your WALHDAB account.

3.  Once logged in,click on "Manage Profile."

4.  Scroll to Invoices - click on Dues and choose "Pay Selected Invoices". 

5. Be sure to update your profile with any changes that may have happened at your department - including staff, board members, etc, to be sure all are receiving information from WALHDAB. 

Thank you in advance for your continued WALHDAB membership!

If you have not renewed by July 31st, you will be considered suspended and you will no longer receive WALHDAB communication. Please be sure to renew so that your organization does not see in a lapse in membership. 

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 with preference given to the Southern Region.

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 August 25.  

Webinar - A Progress Report from the Partnership for Value-based Coordinated Care
WPHA-WALHDAB’s mid-term legislative priority
August 10th at 12 p.m. Register Today!

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 presenters:

Kristen Grimes

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

President-Elect, Wisconsin Public Health Association


Sarah VandenHeuvel

Project Coordinator- Wisconsin Asthma Coalition

Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin


Please click here to register. A link with connection information will be sent to you closer to the event. 

News from NACCHO: Attempt to Repeal ACA Fails in the Senate

After attempting to pass various iterations of repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week, Republicans failed to garner enough votes to pass a “skinny repeal” bill (the Health Care Freedom Act.) Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined all Democrats in voting no. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated earlier in the week that the skinny repeal would lead to 16 million people losing health insurance by 2026 and destabilize the ACA private individual marketplaces.

The bill included the following provisions:

  • Repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) after 2018.
  • Repeal the individual mandate penalty and employer mandate penalty.
  • Extend the moratorium on the medical device tax from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2020.
  • Increase maximum contributions to health care savings accounts (HSA) to the amount of the deductible and out-of-pocket limitations for HSA-eligible high-deductible health plans ($6650 individual, $13,300 families for 2018) for three years, 2018 to 2020.
  • Ban payments for one year to Planned Parenthood and any Planned Parenthood clone that received federal and state payments in 2014 that exceeded $1,000,000.
  • Increase Community Health Center Funding by $422 million for 2017.
  •  Strengthen ACA section 1332, which governs state innovation waivers.

It is unclear what comes next for ACA reform. Some Senators have called for regular order, including committee action, to come up with a bipartisan approach.

Nominations for WEHA Environmental Health Professional of the Year Award Now Being Accepted

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 http://www.weha.net/awardsandscholarships.php. 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

WPHA Conference - Working Collectively to Modernize Public Health - Still Time To Register!
Join the Conversation - #modernizeph17

This event is sponsored by the WPHA Public Health Nursing Section, and is intended to provide education, information and resources for Public Health Nurses, Health Educators, Community Health Workers, Public Health Planners and all public health staff working to improve health and well-being in their community. Visit the WPHA website to learn more

The 2017 PHN Conference will include Poster Presentations during the exhibit hours at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. The Public Health Nursing Conference is also celebrating 20 years - Send the WPHA office some of your favorite memories, pictures and thoughts regarding its history. We will be working to create ways to recognize and celebrate these memories while at the conference in August. Submission will be accepted until July 28.  Click here to submit your memories!

NACCHO Welcomes New President - Dr. Umair Shah

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), serving Harris County (TX) – the third largest county in the nation with approximately 4.5 million people, is the new President of the National
Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He assumed office on July 1.

Dr. Shah described his vision for NACCHO during the opening general session of the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, July 11-13. More than 1,200 attendees from around the country had gathered to share best practices and hear from national, regional, state, and local health officials about the future of public health and to address today's public health challenges.

In his address, Dr. Shah described his personal journey into healthcare as a practicing physician and then into public health. He encouraged the audience also to share their stories to help change the “invisible narrative” public health faces because others often do not understand its vital role in shaping the health of the nation. “We are local public health” said Dr. Shah, “We are local health departments. We are bound by one common theme: the relentless pursuit of health. We know our work, we know our place, and we know our value.” Dr. Shah’s aspirational speech went on to emphasize the need for health departments to use “creative imagination” and to innovate and engage while challenging them to achieve new heights during times of uncertainty. Putting this principle into action, he offered insights on how he and his leadership team have led HCPH’s exceptional growth since becoming director in 2013.

Learn more about Dr. Shah by clicking 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 healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4350.

Register for one of two HPV Vaccine Summits in WI! 

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

View speakers and sessions here

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

Registration is now open for the WEHA 2017 Educational Conference to be held on October 18th-20th at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan WI. We are starting to lock in some great speakers and will soon have a tentative grid posted on the WEHA website. Some potential examples include updated guidance on dealing with meth labs, FDA updates, NEARS, recalls, licensing guidance, Brew Pubs, Mercury spills, Lead case study, standardization continuing education, emerging vectors, and some updated computer maintenance training including Sharepoint.

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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Kimberly, WI 54136


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