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April 2017

WPHA Communique Express - April 

2017 Exhibitors

WPHA Latest News

2017 Conference Registration


WPHA Office
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI 54136

2017 Annual Public Health Conference - 
Less than ONE Month Away!

Conference Objectives:

  • Examine public health’s responsibility and opportunities to address the social determinants of health.
  • Appreciate the health impacts of adverse events in order to move towards more resilient communities. 
  • Identify the environmental factors that impact individual and community health. 
  • Recognize the benefits of translating data into action through visualization and communication.

For additional details & to register, please go to the WPHA Annual Conference page. With over 400 already registered, you will not want to miss the 2017 Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2017, at the Wilderness Resort. When registering, please make sure to be logged in to your Regular Member account to receive the Member rate.

Interested in networking and exhibiting at the Annual Conference? Exhibit spots still available! Click here for FULL details or visit the WPHA website to register today! Sponsorship packages are limited, so please act fast!

April 2017 Legislative Update

On April 10, the Local Health Protection Act has was introduced for co-sponsorship by Rep. Paul Tittl (R – Manitowoc) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R – Ripon). As members know, we started working on this months ago, and it took a team effort to get to this point. We appreciate Rep. Tittl and Sen. Olsen for their leadership and taking on this important initiative!

With an ever-present threat from known as well as new and exotic communicable diseases, this bill is necessary to help keep the public safe. The Local Health Protection Act establishes $2.5 million in dedicated funding in each year of the 2017-2019 biennium to help ensure local communities can adequately respond to communicable and infectious disease outbreaks. Under the bill, DHS would create an equitable formula to distribute the funds to local health departments to strengthen prevention, disease surveillance, contact tracing, staff development and training, and public education.

The bill authors were joined by 19 members of the Assembly and 5 members of the Senate that included members from around the state and both sides of the aisle.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to contact their legislators and testify at budget public hearings around the state. Your personal stories and professional perspective were instrumental in garnering and building support, but our efforts are not finished. The next step in the legislative process will be for the bill to receive a public hearing. We will be calling on you to testify in support of the bill as we continue working on the Local Health Protection Act. Stay tuned. Click here to view who signed on to co-sponsor the bill and more details


WPHA Also Signed Onto Letters of Support This Month:

FY2018 302(b) Support Letter

FY2018 CDC Support Letter

Farm2School Support Letter

WI Tobacco Control Support Letter

2017 WPHA Award Winners Announced

Thank you to all who nominated their colleagues for a WPHA Award. It was a very competitive year with over 15 awards submitted for consideration! We are proud to announce the 2017 Award winners who will be recognized at the Annual Conference or in a location of their choice: 

  • Elise Papke, UW-M, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health – WPHA Presidential Award
  • Karen Ordinans, Children's Health Alliance of WI – Carol Graham Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gary Gilmore, UW-La Crosse – Distinguished Service to Public Health
  • Eric Hartwig, Retired, Marathon County Special Education – Distinguished Service to Public Health
  • Melissa Lemke, UW School of Medicine and Public Health – Excellence in Public Health Research Award
  • Steve Gall, RiverTown Multimedia – Excellence in Public Health Media Award
  • Latoya Dennis, WUMW – Excellence in Public Health Media Award
  • Emily Dieringer, Winnebago County Health Department - Spirit of Public Health Award
  • Christine Nichols, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Spirit of Public Health Award 
  • Michael Wright, Milwaukee Fire Department – Excellence in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Updated Legislative Grid Available

The WPHA-WALHDAB Joint Public Affairs Committee strives to keep members updated on the latest legislative and regulatory developments in the State Capitol and throughout state government. An updated legislative grid with WPHA's positions can be viewed by clicking here. Please don't forget - any WPHA member can submit a request for the Public Affairs Committee to take action on a particular policy, plan, proposal, or piece of legislation.

WPHA Annual Business Meeting:  All Members Invited! - Tuesday, May 23

The WPHA Annual Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Annual Public Health Conference on Tuesday, May 23, from 12:00 to 1 p.m. at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. ALL MEMBERS of WPHA are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to hear more about what the organization is doing internally and externally. More details will be coming shortly!


Friends of Public Health Bucket Raffle Items Wanted


We are looking for donations from all members as well as anyone else who may be interested in making a donation. Our goal is to raise $1500 for Friends of Public Health. Donations should be in the $25-$100 range. Donations can be brought to the conference. Past donations have included gift baskets of chocolates, wine, various beers, etc. Please contact the WPHA Office if you have any questions!

Participate in WPHA's 3rd Annual Charitable Event to Promote Literacy!

Join the Maternal Child Health Section to promote literacy through WPHA’s 3rd annual charitable event in conjunction with the Conference.  Last year Homeless Connections, in Appleton, WI, was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the event.  For the third year, WPHA is planning a charitable event to benefit an organization that supports the values of WPHA, serves clients within the region where the Annual Conference is held and has a need for goods and services (not monetary) that we can help fulfill. This year's recipient is the Adams Juneau Sauk Tri-County Nurse Family Partnership.

We have divided the age level by region so that we can have a variety and array of books! Please click here for more details to find out what your region should try to bring!

Please bring an item or items from the list and bring to the Annual Public Health Conference in Wisconsin Dells. You may drop your items off at the specially designated area near the registration desk. Watch for signage to assist you.

If you are not able to attend the conference, and would like to donate, please send youdonated items to the conference with someone else. If you need further assistance in getting items to Wisconsin Dells, please contact the WPHA office and we will be happy to assist you! 

2017 Academic Program Spirit Competition

Show your school pride and help support your favorite WI Public Health academic program. This will be a chance for alumni, faculty, staff, students and preceptors to show your school pride on Thursday, May 25 at the Annual Conference.  Wear your school colors and gear on Thursday and help your program win!  The program voted to have the “most spirit” will be decided by a conference app poll and final decision will be approved by the board. Winners will receive a traveling trophy.  

Be sure to spread the word on the contest with your classmates, colleagues, and alumni! 

Contact the WPHA office with questions.  

Time to Get Involved in a Section @ the Conference! 

Section and Committees are a key component of WPHA Membership. Have you gotten involved with one of the sections that WPHA has? Now is your chance to meet the chairs and other leaders! View the list here.

The WPHA Sections will be hosting meetings during Wednesday lunch of the Annual Conference, unless otherwise noted-please get involved! 

  • Early Career Professionals Section - Tuesday, May 23, 10-12 
  • Community Health Workers Section
  • Climate and Health Section
  • Maternal and Child Health Section
  • Public Health Nursing Section

Not a member of a section or committee, don't worry! You are welcome to attend a meeting as a new section member, or use this time to network with vendors and other attendees in the Wilderness Ballroom. Have an idea for a new section and interested individuals? Contact the office and we can work with you with potential upcoming steps!

WPHA HIA/HiAP Spring Webinar - Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Your Community -
Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available

The April 24th WPHA HIA/HiAP webinar focused on the social determinants of health and the work a local health department is doing to address the SDoH in its community. WPHA member Jen Rombalski was our guest speaker - the Director of the La Crosse County Health Department.

Over the past year, Ms. Rombalski has been working with the community in La Crosse County to assess the needs and identify a plan to meet these needs. One priority is social determinants with an objective to assure a system exists to connect people in need with the resources available. During this talk, Ms. Rombalski will discuss how the Pathways Community Hub model is being implemented in La Crosse to meet this need.

Please click here for the webinar slides and click here for the recording.

Diversity Matters Holds 2nd Public Health Career & Internship Fair

WPHA workforce project, Diversity Matters, held its 2nd Annual Public Health Career and Internship Fair on April 6, 2017 at the Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park in Milwaukee, WI.

The fair featured over 20 exhibitors including some WPHA members! High School and College Students were able to learn about local volunteer, internship, and career opportunities. The fair also featured the many public health academic programs in the state. 

Missed out on this year's fair? Watch for an update in the WPHA Communique announcing next year's plans!

Check out the photos from the event by clicking here.

WI-HIPP Townhall @ The Annual Conference: Moving from Planning to Implementation

Tuesday, May 23 • 5:00-6:00 p.m.The Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP) has resulted in a new state health assessment and improvement plan: Healthy Wisconsin! Join us to talk about Healthy Wisconsin and how it can help us work together to improve health. Plan to join the Department of Health Services for this opportunity to hear more!

Register Today for APHA Upcoming Webinars 

Climate Changes Health: Community Design and Transportation
April 28
1-2 p.m EST

Learn how climate change strategies can improve community design and transportation practices. Presenters will discuss approaches to support healthy, equitable communities. This is the third webinar supporting the American Public Health Association's Year of Climate Change and Health.

Plan4Health Nutrition Webinar
Tuesday, May 9 
2 p.m. EST

Join us for the third webinar of a three-part series to learn about the Plan4Health Initiative, and the importance of planning and public health to create the healthiest nation. Aaron Mondada from the Idaho Plan4Health Coalition and Melissa Oden from Plan4Health Tarrant County will talk about nutrition focused policies, systems and environmental strategies. Shiriki Kumanyika, Past APHA President, will moderate the discussion.

WI HealthCorps Host Site Application Now Available - Consider Applying Today!

WPHA collaborates with the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) on Wisconsin HealthCorps. Wisconsin HealthCorps is a program of AmeriCorps, a national program, implemented locally, that engages individuals ("members”) in a year of service (Approx. 1700 hours) to address pressing community problems. Wisconsin HealthCorps members are placed at federally qualified community health centers, health departments, and non-profit agencies across the state.

If you have any questions about the application process, or our program, please reach out to Kysa Stocking, Program Director.

While our general application has opened on the AmeriCorps portal, we are still selecting our host sites for the 2017-2018 program year. Our host sites and their open positions will be made available on the Wisconsin HealthCorps website the first week in May.

New Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Director Named

James Schauer, a faculty member with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been named director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH), the state’s public, environmental and occupational health laboratory.

The WSLH was established at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1903. The director, who reports to the vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, serves as the executive officer of the laboratory and provides strategic and visionary leadership in analytical services, research, teaching and outreach, as well as policy issues impacting public and environmental health in Wisconsin.

The WSLH fosters partnerships with academic departments by performing vital human and environmental health research and providing education and training in the areas of clinical, environmental and occupational health and safety. Its mission is to improve and protect the human condition by providing accurate and precise testing, service, research and education.

For more information -


The WPHA Events page includes more details on the following events:

  • HWPP PSE Symposium - Madison - April 27
  • APHA Climate and Health Webinar - April 28
  • healthTIDE Wavemaker Summit - Madison - May 8
  • APHA Plan4Health Webinar - May 9
  • Hunger and Health Summit - Wisconsin Rapids - May 9-10
  • WI Cancer Council Annual Meeting - Madison - May 11
  • PATCH for Providers Symposium - WI Dells - May 17 
  • Annual Public Health Conference - WI Dells, WI - May 23-25
  • NACCHO Annual Conference - Pittsburgh - July 11-13
  • NALBOH Annual Conference - Cleveland, OH - August 2-4 
  • Public Health Nursing 20th Anniversary Conference - Stevens Point, WI - August 8-9
  • Wisconsin Oral Health Conference - October 3-4

As an organizational member, please email to add your events to the upcoming calendar and additional promotion!

Job Opportunities

The WPHA Career Center has more details on the following job opportunities:

  • Program Director, Neigbhorhood Health Partners - Southwestern Community Action Program
  • Environmental Health Specialist - Walworth County HD
  • Health Educator - Manitowoc County HD
  • Public Health Nurse - Polk County HD
  • Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago Health Communities Coordinator - UW Extension
  • Office of Policy and Practice Alignment, Career Executive - Department of Health Services
  • LTE Program Coordinator, Breastfeeding - Public Health - Madison & Dane County
  • Public Health Nurse - Eau Claire City-County hD
  • Environmental Health Specialist - Watertown HD

As an organizational member, don't forget to add your job opportunities to the Career Center at no charge. These jobs are viewed and clicked on over 300 times each month and sent to hundreds of public health professionals for viewing.

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