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June 2017

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WALHDAB Board Update

The WALHDAB board took a summer recess after the WALHDAB Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells - there was no June meeting. Thank you all for joining us at the Wilderness Resort this year!

THe WALHDAB Board Orientation of new/current board members will take place on July 7th. We look forward to a new year working with all of you!

Have a safe and healthy 4th of July holiday!

June Legislative News & Updated Legislative Grid

WALHDAB has been working hard on Assembly Bill 293 with the help of authors Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). As you are probably aware, the bill provides funding for communicable disease control and prevention, and it is currently making its way through the legislative process. This is great news as this is our number one priority for this legislative session.


As previously reported, the language to Assembly Bill 293 was included in a budget motion that passed on May 25. However, that language was amended to change the dollar amount from $2.5 million annually to $500,000 because it was made clear by members of the Finance Committee and legislative leadership that $500,000 is the maximum we can receive during this budget cycle. While that was less than we originally requested, we also recognize it is a tough budget cycle and we are very fortunate to receive this funding as a starting point.


On June 6, the Assembly Health Committee passed an amended version of Assembly Bill 293 to reflect the budget motion language that allocates $500,000 in the budget. The amendment was recommended by the bill authors to help with our two-track strategy to secure funding through the budget and legislation. Now that the bill has passed out of committee and is available for floor scheduling, we will wait to see what happens with the budget.

Please click here to find more details related to State Legislative updates.

Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid (June 9, 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 60% 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. 

2017 Senate Health Care Bill - Take Action

The Senate's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been unveiled. Take action at NACCHO's website.

The "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" includes the following:

  • Elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund starting in FY2018 (October 2017)
  • Cuts in Medicaid, including phasing out of the Medicaid expansion starting in 2020
  • A shift in responsibility for Medicaid to the states and counties ― leaving governors, state legislatures, and local governments to make tough decisions about the health of people in their communities.

Please call or write your Senators today and make your voice heard. NACCHO has all the resources you need at our Legislative Action Center.

Thank you for all you to do to protect the public's health.

WALHDAB Environmental Health Section Meeting - 
July 20 - Register Today!

The Environmental Health Section meets the 3rd Thursday on a quarterly basis. This month's meeting details are below:

July 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Portage Courthouse Annex Building
1462 Strongs Ave.
Stevens Point, WI

Online Registration Cost – including lunch - $11.00

Deadline to register is:  7/14/17. Please click here to register. If you are interested in learning more about the WALHDAB-EH Section, please contact Natalie Vandeveld or view their section page

Announcing Newly Revised Resources for Community Health Improvement

WALHDAB’s Resources for Improving Community Health website, www.wicommunityhealth.org, now includes recently updated tools created by the Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) project.  Though excessive alcohol use is the subject matter of these resources, they are templates that can be adapted to other health priorities.  The tools cover the basics of community health improvement, including assessing local conditions, choosing evidence-based strategies, writing effective objectives and action plans, strategically building up to policy change, and selecting, tracking, and reporting on measures of progress and impact. 

If you have any questions about these tools or would like to schedule a free consultation or presentation on how you can use them to improve the health of your community, contact WALHDAB Project Manager Sara Jesse at sara.jesse@badgerbay.co or 608-432-3042. Find out more details and tools by clicking here.

The CHIA project is in its final months, with grant funding ending this year.  We thank you for your participation and support!  CHIA is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and the UW Population Health Institute, funded by a grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

WPHA Public Health Nursing Conference Early Bird Deadline TODAY! - August 8-9, 2017

The deadline for discounted early bird registration for the upcoming WPHA PHN Conference (August 8-9, 2017) is approaching!  Visit the WPHA website to learn more.  Get registered before you head off for the weekend for your 4th of July plans and SAVE!!

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. 

The 2017 PHN Conference will include Poster Presentations during the exhibit hours at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. Submit your Poster today! Deadline for submissions is July 15

Register for the NALBOH Conference in Cleveland, OH, August 2-4, 2017 - Early Bird Deadline TODAY!

Be sure to head over to Cleveland, OH to join NALBOH at their 25th Anniversary Conference. View the full updated registration brochure or register todayPlease be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. Early bird deadline is TODAY! Not a member? Consider joining NALBOH today!

The NALBOH Board of Directors is excited to feature leaders and national figures in public health as their 2017 keynote presentations:

Thomas Quade, MA, MPH

President, American Public Health Association

Health Commissioner, Marion County, Ohio Marion, OH


Gary Edwards, MS

Executive Director, Salt Lake County Health Department

Salt Lake City, UT


Mikelle Moore, MS, FACHE

Sr. Vice President, Community Health, Intermountain Healthcare

Salt Lake City, UT


Karen DeSalvo, MD

(Formerly) Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Awards $1 million to four projects - Including the La Crosse County HD

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment recently awarded more than $1 million to four initiatives aimed at making sustainable community health improvements. Congratulations to all recipients!

The awards include:

  • $294,901 to the La Crosse County Health Department and other partners to help bridge the gap between social services and healthcare;
  •  $399,278 to bolster data collection and improve infrastructure at the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics;
  • $298,600 to the Celebrate Children Foundation to support child development and address causes of child maltreatment in Kenosha County; and
  • $343,877 to The Center for Veterans Issues to promote polices that support veterans involved in the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County.

Introducing NACCHO's Health Equity and Social Justice 101 Training Series 

NACCHO has recently launched a Health Equity and Social Justice 101 Training Series to increase the knowledge and inform the practices of local health departments and their multi-sector partners on health equity and social justice (HESJ) principles, key concepts, and applications.

  • HESJ 101 Part I: The Politics of Health Inequity is a pre-recorded presentation featuring Dr. Richard Hofrichter, the Senior Director of NACCHO's Health Equity and Social Justice Program and can be accessed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k5XPbEB4H0
  • HESJ 101 Part II: Intersectionality is a webinar on intersectionality as a framework and its applications for public health on June 29 at 2 PM (ET).
  • HESJ 101 Part III: Stories from the Field is a webinar featuring local public health practitioners from Harris County Public Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) discussing how to embed health equity and social justice into public health practice on July 18 at 1 PM (ET). Register here: naccho.adobeconnect.com/ehff53mloy3q/event/...

Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices - June Meeting Minutes

WALHDAB has a representative on the Wisconsin Council of Immunization Practices (WCIP) which meets in person on a quarterly basis. The Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices met June 9, 2017 in Madison. Click here to find WCIP's meeting minutes written by WALHDAB WCIP rep, Tina Sullivan.

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.

WI Health News Conference - July 19th -
Health Reform: What Does it Mean for Wisconsin?

Get the full story on the twists and turns of federal health reform and what it means for Wisconsin at this year's Wisconsin Health News conference. 

A slate of national speakers to provide in-depth perspective on the latest updates and developments are flying in.  That includes:

  • Avik Roy, a leading conservative thinker on health reform who served as a policy advisor to three Republican presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney in 2012.
  • Julie Rovner, a Washington D.C.-based senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News and former reporter for NPR. 

They will be joining vice presidents from the American Medical Association and America's Health Insurance Plans, as well as influential experts from Wisconsin, including: 

  • State Medicaid Director Mike Heifetz
  • Deputy Insurance Commissioner J.P. Wieske
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO Eric Borgerding
  • Gundersen Health System CEO Dr. Scott Rathgaber
  • Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin Plan President Scott Johnson
  • UW Population Health Institute Program Manager Donna Friedsam
  • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality CEO Chris Queram
  • Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Research Director Jon Peacock

This will be an event you don't want to miss. REGISTER NOW.

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Kimberly, WI 54136


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