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March 2017

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WALHDAB Board Meeting Update

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

  • Final bylaws updates were discussed. Proposed bylaws to be shared with membership 30 days prior to Annual Meeting - watch for update!
  • WALHDAB will begin meeting with DATCP on a regular basis to build partnership and communication between organizations.
  • WALHDAB Awards committee looking for nominations for Health Officer and Board of Health of the year Nominations, and Community Health Education Scholarship applications
  • The Public Affairs committee welcomes Elizabeth Giese, Eau Claire City-County, to the Public Affairs Committee-and a big thank you to Mary Rosner, Marinette County for her years of committee service.
  • WALHDAB discussed and reviewed 2017-2018 dues structure for upcoming roundtable webinar.
  • WALHDAB Board reviewed terms for nominations, including regional representatives. Consider joining the WALHDAB board!

The next board meeting is April 14th.

Legislative Update: DHS Agency Briefings & JFC Hearings - Get Out and Testify! 

It was a busy week in the State Capitol as the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) conducted agency briefings for 20 state agencies regarding their 2017-2019 biennial budget requests. These hearings were held over the course of three days and included testimony from agency heads and secretaries, and gave legislators on the 16-member JFC the chance to ask questions regarding specific topics.

On Wednesday, March 29th, WALHDAB’s government affairs team attended the Department of Health Services (DHS) agency briefing, in which Secretary Linda Seemeyer testified and answered questions regarding the DHS budget as well as other related topics. Sec. Seemeyer’s testimony focused on Medicaid, the Wisconsin Works for Everyone initiative, and long term care and mental health. Find out more details about the DHS briefings here

Have you wanted to get more involved in our profession as an advocate and haven’t known how to do so? Are you concerned that Wisconsin currently has no dedicated, stable funding source to combat communicable disease? Here is YOUR chance to help!

As you know, we are advocating for $5 million over the next biennium (2017-2019), which is $2.5 million per year to give health professionals the necessary resources they need to combat and prevent the spread of communicable diseases. This is where you come in!

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will hold public hearings throughout the month of April in communities across Wisconsin to hear from members of the public regarding the Governor’s proposed 2017-2019 biennial budget. If you are planning to testify, please let the WALHDAB office know so we can better coordinate efforts. 

2017 Annual Conference - Final Day for Early Bird Rate!

Early bird deadline is TODAY! - Over 350 registered, are you one of them? We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2017, at the Wilderness Resort.

Check out the full Conference brochureThere 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;;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)

Represent Your Region – Conference Poster Reception: The poster session features programs and projects from all over the state. Make sure your region is well represented and submit today! Poster presenters will be available to discuss their posters as well as answer questions during the reception May 24. Submit your poster abstract today! Deadline April 14th.

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 23-25 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. 

Consider Joining the WALHDAB Board!
Deadline for Nominations: April 7th

 The Nominating Committee is now accepting names for three open seats on the 2017-2018 WALHDAB Board:  Health Officer Co-President Elect (3 year term), Board of Health Co-President Elect (3 year term),  and Secretary (2 year term).   

Officers will be elected by electronic ballot in April, and their term will begin at the Annual Meeting on May 24, 2017.   

More details and nominations should be submitted by Friday, April 7 by clicking here. Nominees will need to complete a short biographical sketch by April 14. 

Any questions, 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. 

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

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

April 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center
100 North Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells   

Online Registration Cost – including lunch - $10.00

Deadline to register is:  4/20/17. 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

Working Collectively to Modernize Public Health Practice: Abstract Deadline Extended to April 7th!

The WPHA PHN Conference has extended their deadline for abstract submission 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.  

Don't wait, submit your abstract today! Abstract deadline has been extended to April 7 to be considered. Click here to learn more and to submit your abstract today!

DHS Requests Advisory Workgroup for Title X

As you may know, 2015 Wisconsin Act 151 directs the Department of Health Services (DHS) to apply for federal Title X funds, beginning with the 2018 application. The Department welcomes this opportunity to work with partners throughout the state to build a comprehensive reproductive health care network that can provide these vital services to the women who need them. 

Because we recognize the strong role that local health departments play in providing and assuring availability of high quality family planning services, DHS is asking WALHDAB to identify one local health representative from each of the WALHDAB regions to participate in an advisory workgroup. We anticipate that the group will meet approximately every two weeks, typically by phone, for the next several months.

While the formal charge to the workgroup has not yet been finalized, DHS anticipates that the workgroup will make recommendations regarding a structure of a competitive application for Title X funding per the requirements of 2015 Assembly Bill 310 (Wis. Stat 253.075).


Please submit your interest by clicking here by April 10, 2017 to be considered. The Executive Committee will review those who are interested and recommend to DHS based upon various criteria - size of health department, region, position accreditation status, etc. Please let the WALHDAB Office know if any questions.

NALBOH Conference Registration Now Open & Scholarships Available
August 2-4, 2017 - Cleveland, OH

We are looking forward to 2017 being a historic year, as NALBOH is proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary! NALBOH’s history began in Ohio. NALBOH leaders are looking forward to holding the 2017 conference in Ohio to celebrate the Past, Present and Future of the national voice for Boards of Health.

Make plans now to join NALBOH in Cleveland, OH. View the full registration brochure or register todayPlease be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. Not a member? Consider joining NALBOH today!

Five full conference scholarships (complimentary registrations) are available for NALBOH Members for First Time Conference attendees-apply here by April 14th to be considered!

Plan to join us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening for additional networking and social activity! - More details will come as we get closer to the Event. The tickets are $25-Order them when you register!

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:
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

NACCHO Annual Conference - July 11-12 - Pittsburgh

Local health officials from health departments of any size can share experiences and learn from their peers while making lasting connections at NACCHO Annual 2017. Attendees will learn how to measure programs and services to ensure resources are being used effectively and demonstrate a return on investment to policymakers and other stakeholders. Register for the conference, which will take place July 11–13 in Pittsburgh, by June 9 for early-bird discount rates. Learn more and apply »

Health Department Awarded National Accreditation - Including Shawano-Menomineee Counties!

Demonstrating their commitment to improving health and delivering quality public health services to their communities, 16 more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This week's decisions bring another 4.5 million people into the expanding network of communities across the nation whose health departments meet rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services.

PHAB, the non-profit, non-governmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation's state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments. Launched in 2011 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB's accreditation program has become the national standard for public health and is now bringing the benefits of national accreditation to 178 million people, or 58 percent of the U.S. population.

National accreditation status was awarded March 14, 2017 to Sixteen Health Departments, with Wisconsin being proud to boast Shawano-Menominee Counties. Congratulations to their team!

For the full story, please click here. Learn more about PHAB and accreditation at, and by signing up for the PHAB e-newsletter

Registration Open for Wisconsin Cancer Council Annual Meeting - May 11 @ The Edgewater Hotel, Madison

Don't miss the opportunity to join your fellow WI Cancer Council members for an all-day event on "Igniting Action in Cancer Control". Registration for the 2017 WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting on May 11th is now open. Current and prospective members will come together to gain momentum and inspire action in their own organizations, regions and with each other to reduce the burden of cancer. View the full conference registration brochure.

Registration for WI Cancer Council members is FREE and $50 for non-members – click here to join the WI Cancer Council at no cost before registering. Please click here to register by April 28th– space is limited and registration is required!

WI Health News April 4 Event: Coordinating Care Coordination

Buoyed by the promise of better care and lower costs, health organizations are increasingly flocking to care coordination models. But they are not always easy to organize in today’s disjointed healthcare system and current payment structures often don’t reward the effort. Also, coordination among different programs is lacking.

A panel of experts will share their experiences from the field. Find out what’s working, what’s not and what they see as the future of care coordination. Panelists:

  • Joy Tapper, Executive Director, Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
  • Tom Lutzow, CEO, Independent Care Health Plan
  • Jane Pirsig-Anderson, Director, Aurora Health Care Family Service

 The event is Tuesday, April 4 from 11:30am – 1pm at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee (900 West Wisconsin Avenue).  Register online (link).

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Kimberly, WI 54136


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