Short Term Legislative Priority: Communicable Disease Budget Request Information 2017-2019
We urge you to reach out to your legislators to support WPHA-WALHDAB’s Communicable Disease Funding Initiative in the 2017-19 state budget. (Updated March 24)
Please use this updated Communicable Disease Resolution Template for your board of health and/or county board.
Communicable Disease Talking Points (Updated February 22)
Communicable Disease Script
Communicable Disease Leave Behind (Updated March 24)
One of the highest priorities for public health in Wisconsin – and across the country – is efforts to prevent and control communicable disease, including familiar diseases like influenza, tuberculosis and common STDs, as well emerging threats such as the Zika Virus, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Simply put, having a robust public health infrastructure in place is mandatory in a globalized world that provides new opportunities for the emergence and spread of infectious disease.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin currently has no dedicated, stable funding source for communicable disease control and prevention. As a result, local health departments are challenged with a lack of sufficient staff and resources, which are necessary to support effective infectious disease prevention efforts. Even small delays in basic follow-up and contact tracing investigations allow for opportunistic diseases to spread and become a crisis.
If you're unsure of who your legislators are, please visit the Who are my legislators website. Just type in your home address to find out who represents you and where you can e-mail them.
The counties and cities shaded in red to the right indicate those who have passed Communicable Disease Resolutions. (Reported - March 15, 2017) Click on the map to enlarge.
Local Health Department Communicable Disease Mandates (2017)