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May 2017

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WALHDAB Board Update

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

  • New WALHDAB Executive Team to meet with the Division of Public Health in Madison in early July.
  • Conversations with DATCP and the WALHDAB Executive Team continue on a monthly basis.
  • Reviewed and approved 2017-2018 WALHDAB Budget.
  • 2017-2018 Membership dues renewal will open in early June.
  • WALHDAB Regional Representatives are being confirmed. Contact the WALHDAB Office with any updates.
  • Proposed Bylaws reviewed and approved at 2017 Annual Meeting.

The next board meeting is Board Orientation - Final Date to Be Determined.

May Legislative News - Motion to Include Funding for Local Health Departments and Updated Legislative Grid

Last week, the Joint Finance Committee adopted an Omnibus DHS Motion that included funding for local health departments for communicable disease control and prevention. This has been our top priority for this legislative session!

The omnibus motion combined 37 items, one of which provided $500,000 in annual funding for local health departments for communicable disease control and prevention in the 2017-2019 budget. Although we were seeking $2.5 million each year, we are pleased to secure $500,000 in annual funding as a starting point. This is a big victory for us during very difficult budget times! Specifically, the motion language says:

"Provide $500,000 annually, in a continuing appropriation, for DHS to distribute as grants to control and prevent communicable diseases. Permit local health departments to use grant funds for surveillance, contact tracing, staff development and training, improving communication among healthcare professionals, public education and outreach, and other infection control activities which local health departments are required to undertake in accordance with Chapter 252. Find out more by clicking here.

On Wednesday, May 17, a public hearing was held in the Assembly Health Committee on Assembly Bill 293, the Local Health Protection Act. As members know, this initiative has been our number one priority for this legislative session.

The bill authors earned co-sponsorship support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and from across the state. We were fortunate to have great representation from WPHA and WALHDAB with six members testifying in person and two members submitting written comments for the record. Those members are:

  • Cindy Bodendein – Sauk County
  • Kristen Grimes – Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Sarah Grosshuesch – Adams County
  • Angie Hagy – City of Milwaukee
  • Kathy Munsey - Green Lake County
  • John Smith – Iron County
  • Joan Theurer – Marathon County
  • Amy Wergin – Manitowoc County

Updated Legislative Grid

An updated legislative grid 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.

2017 Recognitions - New & Retired Health Officers, Newly Accredited Health Departments

WALHDAB has been fortunate to recognize new and retired health officers as well as newly accredited health departments at the Annual Meeting. Recognitions included those new or retired since the previous year's annual meeting (May 2016-May 2017). Photos from these recognitions will be available soon!

Congratulations to this year's new health officers:

  • Laura Suave, Barron County Health Department
  • Anna Destree, Brown County HHS – Public Health Division
  • April Loeffler, Buffalo County Health Department
  • Debbie Armbruster, De Pere Health Department
  • Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Health Department
  • Katie Hampston, Iron County Health Department
  • Ellen Moldenhauer, Jackson County Health Department
  • Annie Timmerman, Lafayette County Health Department
  • Erica Bergstrom, Walworth County Health Department
  • Laura Conklin, Wauwatosa Health Department

WALHDAB Recognizes Retiring Health Officers:

  • Zona Wick, Iron County Health Department 
  • Marianne Stanek, Richland County Health Department
  • Cheryl Rhoda, Trempealeau County Health Department
  • Janis Ellefsen, Walworth County Health Department

Congratulations to the newly accredited health departments:

  • Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department, Shawano, WI
  • La Crosse County Health Department, La Crosse, WI 
  • Waushara County Health Department, Waushara, WI

WALHDAB Board Welcomes New Elected Officers!

The following officers were officially appointed to serve on the WALHDAB Board and begin their term from the 2017 Annual Meeting held at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

  • Janel Heinrich, Public Health Madison & Dane County, Health Officer Co-President Elect
  • Donna Rozar, Wood County Board of Health, Board of Health Co-President Elect
  • Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Officer, Secretary

Thank you to Barb Theis as outgoing past president and Kelli Engen as Secretary, as well as other board members who have served. WALHDAB appreciates all of your service! Thank you also to all members who voted for the new WALHDAB Board.

We are still seeking a few positions for regional representatives from boards of health members. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the WALHDAB office.

WALHDAB Membership Approves Updated Bylaws

At the 2017 Annual Business meeting, the WALHDAB membership approved the updated bylaws. Please find the updated bylaws here.

2017 Annual Public Health Conference Recap & 
Save the Date for 2018!

The 2017 Annual Public Health Conference was held at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells last month with over 460 attendees, one of the largest Conferences yet! What a successful week with award presentations, keynote addresses from national speakers, engaging pre-conferences, over 30 breakout sessions, bucket raffle, reception featuring more than 55 student and professional posters, photo opportunities, a new Conference event app, WPHA & WALHDAB section and committee meetings, and much more.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI, May 22-24, 2018. We look forward to another great year of bringing Public Health Professionals together to network, learn and share new ideas.

More photos and additional recap information will be available in the June monthly eNews. Check out the Twitter hashtag #improvinghealth17 to recap some of the Conference Events. 

WPHA Public Health Nursing Conference Early Registration Now Open! - August 8-9, 2017

Early registration for the upcoming WPHA PHN Conference is now available!  Visit the WPHA website to learn more.  Register before June 30 to receive the early bird rate! 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 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 Upcoming NALBOH Conference in Cleveland, OH, August 2-4, 2017 - Early Bird Deadline June 30!

Make your summer travel plans now and join NALBOH in Cleveland, OH. View the full updated registration brochure or register todayPlease be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. Early bird deadline is quickly approaching - June 30th! Not a member? Consider joining NALBOH today!

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 11-13 - Pittsburgh - There is Still Time to Register!

The theme of this year's conference, Public Health Revolution: Bridging Clinical Medicine and Population Health, highlights the unique opportunity local public health has to convene discussions and efforts around population health, clinical medicine, and the management of systems that measure health and healthcare outcomes.

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. Plan to arrive on Monday, July 10 to take advantage of the pre-conference sessions on Tuesday morning. Stay through Friday, July 14 and participate in the post-conference sessions. Register today!

Network for Public Health Law Webinar: Congressional Action on Health Care and the Restructuring of Medicaid

Congress is considering many changes to how the health care system currently operates, including repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dramatically restructuring Medicaid, the largest public health program for low-income individuals and families. Over 74 million individuals depend on Medicaid for their health care and more than 12 million have received coverage through the ACA’s marketplaces. Join us on Thursday, June 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) to learn about the latest updates on the efforts in Congress and what could to happen to the ACA and Medicaid.

Click here for more information and 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.

WI Health News Conference - July 19th - Madison

While Republicans may have walked away from the American Health Care Act, the healthcare debate is certain to continue. Will the Trump Administration fight to keep the Affordable Care Act afloat? Or will it use its power to hasten the law’s demise? Will lawmakers move left or right to forge a new deal?

In the meantime, Gov. Scott Walker is pushing ahead with Medicaid reforms that likely would not have been approved a year ago.  What does it mean for the program? 

National and regional healthcare experts will tackle these questions and more at the 2017 Wisconsin Health News Conference, July 19 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  Registration open.

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