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About WPHA

The Wisconsin Public Health Association, Inc. (WPHA) was founded in 1948, and is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). WPHA is a tax-exempt, non-profit with a 501(c)3 status.

Purpose

·         (Mission) Building a healthier, safer Wisconsin through policy and partnership.

·         (Vision) WPHA is the largest and most recognized membership association for public health professionals in Wisconsin.

Values

·         Believes all persons deserve the opportunity for health, wellness and protection from disease and injury.

·         Believes striving toward the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of racial and health equity is important for improving health for all.

·         Believes long term improvement is achieved by addressing the root causes of illness, disease, injury and social determinants of health.

·         Believes a strong public health system requires a diverse, sufficient and competent workforce.

·         Applies best practices in its policy, program and administrative efforts.

·         Engages in strategic and effective partnerships.

·         Strives to be diverse and inclusive in its membership and partnerships.

·         Acts with integrity, honesty and transparency.

Priorities

The priorities related to advancing WPHA’s mission are to:

·         Support a strong, skilled and sustainable public health WORKFORCE.

·         Support collective ADVOCACY for policy change that makes Wisconsin the healthiest state.

·         Recognize, celebrate and promote professional DEVELOPMENT.

Strategies

·         Continue to personalize individual member experience through personal contact throughout the year, use of the website, member sections and regional meetings.

·         Identify and share news from members and organizations with others to recognize accomplishments and highlight member and partner skills, experience and expertise.

·         Continue to promote organizational membership to engage organizations and recruit individual members.

·         Identify and appropriate restricted funds to develop products that add value and can be sustained after start-up.

Initiatives

The following is a list of new projects and initiatives for the year that are expected to help advance the Association’s priorities for the year.

·         Integration and continuation of Diversity Matters grant funded project.

·         Create Racial Equity Workgroup to evaluate and recommend plans for WPHA.

·         Review the bylaws related to board nominations and elections process.

·         Develop and implement board assessment.



View the current strategic plan by clicking here.

WPHA Bylaws (adopted 5/22/2018)

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