WPHA’s advocacy efforts are framed by the WPHA Board of Directors, and acted on monthly by the Public Affairs Committee. The Public Affairs Committee is a partnership with the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB). The two organizations jointly support a lobbyist.
This portion of the website includes resources and information that guide the organization, and could also guide local members. Highlights include:
Advocacy 101 Webinar - Listen in for tips and tricks on advocacy work, meeting with your legislator, and making an ask.
Advocacy DO's and DON'T's - There are many things we should do when reaching out to our local, state and national leaders. Also, what we shouldn't. View this fact sheet for some additional recommendations.
Legislative tools – Members can download a pocket directory of legislators, find out who their legislator is, and learn more about advocacy.
Resolutions – WPHA has a long history of resolutions that outline some of its fundamental positions. A list of recent resolutions is online; older resolutions are available by request.
Member input forms – WPHA members can request that the Public Affairs Committee take specific action on a policy, plan, proposal, or piece of legislation.
The Public Affairs Committee promotes health policy development by recommending action and educating members and public officials about legislative issues.
2017 Committee Chair
WPHA Joint PA members
Sue Kunferman (Co-Chair) - Wood County Health Department
Kristen Grimes – Children’s Health Alliance of WI
Maureen Busalacchi -- Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Jan Klawitter - WI State Lab of Hygiene
Darren Rausch -- Greenfield Health Department
Geof Swain -- City of Milwaukee Health Department and UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Anna Carpenter - Winnebago County Health Department
WALHDAB Joint PA members
Mary Rosner (Co-Chair) – Marinette County Public Health Division
Sally Nusslock – West Allis Health Department
Linda Conlon – Oneida County Health Department
Mary Dorn - Outagamie County Public Health Division
Elizabeth Spencer - Board of Health (Eau Claire City-County)
Jim Stecker – Board of Health (Calumet County)
Sarah Grosshuesch - Adams County Public Health Division
View the WPHA-WALHDAB Joint PA Committee Meeting Notes here.