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February 2017

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563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI 54136

2017 Annual Public Health Conference - Register Today & Book your Hotel Room!

Registration has been open for just over 3 weeks and well over 150 have registered! You will not want to miss the 2017 Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2017, at the Wilderness Resort. It's never too early to reserve your guestroom at the Glacier Canyon Lodge - Rooms are expected to sell out.

Check out the full Conference brochure, including the broad range of special events! There is something for everyone.

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)

Are you an Early Career Professional? Five scholarships are available to WPHA Members to attend the conference at no cost! Apply by March 1st to be considered! Click here for details. 

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

Poster Reception: Poster presenters will be available to discuss their posters as well as answer questions during the reception May 24. Submit your poster abstract today

Legislative News: 2017-2019 Budget Update &
New Legislative Grid

There is plenty of activity taking place right now inside the State Capitol. Aside from legislative proposals being introduced by members of the Assembly and Senate on a daily basis, the Governor recently introduced his 2017-2019 biennial budget. This document is roughly 1,000 pages in length and outlines how the State of Wisconsin will appropriate around $76.1 billion tax dollars over the course of the next two years.

Since the budget was introduced on February 8th, members of the legislature, press and general public, as well as lobbyists, advocacy groups, stakeholders and state agencies have been analyzing the document to see what fiscal requests were included or left-out, and what policy items are included. The Joint Public Affairs Committee is already taking action - check out the 2017-2018 Legislative Grid.

The governor’s budget was proposed with some great things for public health, as well as some items that we will need to continue to work for! As you may know, our ask of $5 million over the biennium for Communicable Disease funding was not included in the proposed governor’s budget. Although this is unfortunate, it is an opportunity and crucial for all of us to rally our efforts and make a splash with legislators to let them know the importance and NEED for a dedicated and stable funding source for communicable disease funding.

Additional Funding to PREVENT and CONTROL the wide array of communicable diseases is critical to keeping our communities healthy and safe. We need to continue to advocate for communicable disease funding for our communities using the updated the talking points and budget request and work towards amending the proposed budget. Please also view the Leave Behind when meeting with your legislators.

Please click here for the full budget update.

Resolutions and Position Papers Requested - Deadline February 27

WPHA members are invited to submit resolutions and position papers that would provide a platform for the organization's future advocacy. Resolutions and position papers are shared with the membership prior to the Annual Meeting and acted on at the Annual Meeting. This year's Annual Meeting is May 23 in Wisconsin Dells, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference. Previously adopted resolutions and position papers, along with format guidance, are on the WPHA webpage.

Resolutions and position papers must be submitted by February 27, although late-breaking resolutions and position papers may be considered at the Annual Meeting. Please email your resolutions to, or contact the office if you have additional questions.

WPHA Awards - Nominate A Colleague! 

The WPHA Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations for awards to be presented in 2017. The Awards Committee accepts nominations throughout the year; however, for a nomination to be considered for 2017, the deadline for submission is Friday, April 7, 2017. The awards process is the single most important means that WPHA has for recognizing those who have made significant contributions to public health in Wisconsin. 

The Awards Committee and WPHA Board of Directors are also excited to unveil a new award in 2017 - "The Spirit of Public Health Award".

Now is the time to consider someone to be recognized in 2017 for their continued great work in public health! Please click here to view the full WPHA Awards Descriptions.

For more information, go to the WPHA Awards website.

Working Collectively to Modernize Public Health Practice: Submit Your Abstract for the Public Health Nursing Conference Today!

The WPHA PHN Section is currently collecting abstracts 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.  We invite you to submit an abstract to share your expertise and knowledge at the 2017 Public Health Nursing Conference. This invitation is for oral presentations.

Don't wait, submit your abstract today! Abstracts must be submitted by March 30 to be considered. Click here to learn more and to submit your abstract today!

Vendor prospectus also now available!

Early Career Professionals - Annual Public Health Conference Scholarships Available & NEW Certification Vlog!

The Early Career Professionals Section is very excited to announce that FIVE conference scholarships will be given to first time attendees who must be current WPHA Regular/First Time members and have indicated interest in the WPHA Early Career Professional SectionFor more information and to submit your application, click here.

The ECP Section is also excited to launch their vlog series of Public Health Certification and Degree videos earlier this year! The first two video blogs features the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and the Certified in Public Health (CPH) certification, given by our chairs, Anna Carpenter and Ellen Koski! View the first video blogs here. Each video is under five minutes and covers main points concerning the various public health certification and degree options available today. We look forward to building up a library of public health certifications through videos! If you have a certification or degree that you would be willing to share, please contact the WPHA Office.

Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund

APHA has updated their PPHF action alert and can be used as a talking script for calling members of Congress. The Town Hall Project has listed many of the events that will be hosted in Wisconsin over the next couple of weeks. Attending an event and asking a question about the prevention fund is an excellent advocacy tactic. APHA has provided template questions that you can ask at a public forum – instead of asking about sequestration in the first PPHF template question – the constituent could ask: if Congress, does move forward with repealing the ACA, will you oppose repealing the prevention fund as part of this larger effort to repeal the ACA?

APHA has a template op-ed on the prevention fund. If folks are interested in submitting op-eds, a template can be requested by emailing To read some recently published op-eds by other members and Affiliates, please click here.

National Public Health Week: April 3-9, 2017 

Join WPHA and others across the nation in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We're celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Planning an event during NPHW?

Let us know! We would be happy to promote your event on WPHA's website and E-Newsletter. Find out more details about NPHW by clicking here.

National Climate and Health Meeting Recap and Recording Available 

Climate Reality held a Climate & Health Meeting on 2/20/17 in partnership with the APHA, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, and other leading organizations, including the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Global Health Institute. The meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia, led by Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, the event provided a space for climate scientists, public health officials, health care providers, and other diverse stakeholders to discuss solutions to the critical impacts of the climate crisis on public health issues, such as extreme weather events, transmission of infectious diseases, clean water, and food security.

The Climate & Health Meeting featured more than 20 expert speakers, including Wisconsin’s own - Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute; and many other renowned public health leaders. Find out more about the five panels, special keynotes, and the speakers themselves or watch the recording here.

For more information, a blog series and to get involved with WPHA’s Climate and Health Section, click here! More information to come from the section in the upcoming months!

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared 2017 the year of “Climate and Health”. Save the date and join APHA in Atlanta, Nov. 4-8. This is a public health event you won't want to miss! Theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health".

Diversity Matters - 2nd Public Health Career and Internship Fair - April 6, 2017

WPHA members and organizations are invited to join us to exhibit or attend the 2nd Diversity Matters Public Health Career and Internship Fair in April!

April 6, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park Location
Milwaukee, WI
Learn More

Fair Exhibitor - Interested in exhibiting at the event or need more details? Read more here.

Consider sharing the fair flyer with students, co-workers or other organizations who may be interested in learning more about the upcoming fair.

This event is hosted by Diversity Matters - a statewide initiative with the goal of increasing the diversity of Wisconsin’s public health workforce by inspiring African American and Hispanic students in middle school, high school and college to pursue a career in public health. Diversity Matters is a WPHA project funded wholly by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Carol Graham Scholarship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health Nursing Nominations Requested
Deadline for Nominations March 3rd!

Carol Graham was a public health nurse (PHN) leader in Wisconsin for over 36 years. She inspired and encouraged new PHN leadership. Her family and friends established a memorial fund in her name to advance this effort.

The Wisconsin Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section awards five Carol Graham Scholarships annually. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize the contribution public health nursing is making in Wisconsin communities, foster WPHA participation among PHNs who entered the field within the past 10 years, and assist in the development of new PHN leaders.

For more information and to nominate someone for the Carol Graham Scholarship, please click here.The deadline is coming - March 3rd!

Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship Applicants Requested

The Wisconsin Public Health Association is pleased to promote 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. This scholarship is provided by the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards.

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.

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 year. This person does not need to be a WALHDAB member, so please share with your networks.

Please click here for more details and to apply.

HWPP Capacity Building Opportunity
Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) Change Symposium

Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change is a sustainable way to effectively improve health in a community. It makes healthy choices practical and available to all community members. PSE changes look upstream to address root causes to improve environments where we live, work, learn, play and receive health care.

The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program invites you and your community-based and community-academic partnerships to register to attend the upcoming PSE Change Symposium:

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

The PSE Change Symposium is open to the public at no charge, but participation space is limited and registration is required. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

For more information about the event, please see the PSE Change Symposium flyer (PDF) or contact Tracy Wilson, HWPP Program Officer, at or (414) 955-4364.

Wisconsin Partnership Program Announces Community Impact Program RFP

This RfP is designed to address the overall health, health equity and well-being of Wisconsin communities through support for large-scale, evidence-based, community-academic partnership initiatives. These partnerships require substantial community engagement to achieve sustained policy, system and environmental change, and must be supported by robust evaluation and effective dissemination.

The application process involves three-stages including an online initial application, an in-person presentation to the Oversight and Advisory Committee, and a final proposal (see below for funding cycle time line). Progressing to the second and third stages is invitation-only. For more details including key dates and deadlines, please click here.

New Resource: Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights
Source: Human Impact Partners in California 

Below are 3 things that public health department staff and community members can do TODAY to protect health equity.

1. Read the *new* 13-page guide titled, Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights: A Short Guide to Protecting Undocumented Residents and Their Families for the Benefit of Public Health and All Society.

2. Share the guide with your networks.

3. Identify 3 items in the guide that your health department can take action on immediately and start moving on those.

More about the guide:

Who is This Guide For? People working at local health agencies who are looking to protect and support undocumented residents and their families.

Who Created this Guide? A workgroup of Public Health Awakened, a group of public health professionals organizing a health equity-based response to the Trump administration.

Who to Contact? The guide will be updated as more information becomes available. Please contact: with questions or edits.

Wisconsin Health Education Network (WHEN) Annual Meeting - April 20 - Registration Now Available! 

Building a Culture of Health: Capacity, Collaboration and Community Connections

April 20, 2017
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Marriott Madison West Hotel
1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, Wis.

Keynote Presenters:

  • Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN
  • Bevan K. Baker, MHA, FACHE

For more details and to register, please click here.


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

  • WIAAP: Mental Health in the Pediatric Medical Home: Screening. Observation. Support. - Stevens Point - March 2
  • 2017 Health Leadership Forum - Italian Conference Center - March 8
  • Wisconsin Women's Health Advocacy Day - March 14
  • TB Summit - Madison - March 30
  • Public Health Career and Internship Fair - Milwaukee - April 6
  • WHEN Annual Meeting - Madison - April 20
  • Omaha System International Conference - April 20
  • HWPP PSE Symposium - Madison - April 27
  • 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

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

Job Opportunities

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

  • Violence Prevention Specialist - UW-Madison
  • Research Specialist - UW - Madison
  • Director - UW Population Health Institute
  • Personal Care Worker - Chippewa County HD
  • Registered Nurse - Chippewa County HD
  • WIC Registered Dietician/Nutritionist - Sheboygan County HHS
  • WIC Nutritionist/Health Educator - Wood County HD
  • Assistant Professor - Biostatistics - UW-M Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
  • Health Educator - Winnebago County Public Health
  • Public Health Nurse - Buffalo County HHS
  • Public Health RN - Jefferson County HD
  • Public Health Nurse - Walworth County Division of Public Health
  • Public Health Laboratory Operations Manager - City of Milwaukee
  • Public Health Nursing Supervisor - Waupaca County HHS
  • Public Health Manager - City of Wauwatosa 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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