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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.

Strategic Plan (2019-2021)

WPHA Bylaws (Adopted 5/22/2018)

WPHA Workplan (2020)


  • (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.


  • 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.


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.
  • Continue to build the Association’s organizational CAPACITY.



  • Identify and share news from members and organizations with others to recognize accomplishments and  highlight member and partner skills, experience and expertise. 
  • Support advocacy efforts and create resources to support the priorities. 


  • Incorporate recommendations from WICPHET analysis into WPHA programming.
  • Incorporate recommendations from organizational assessment related to racial equity. 

Organizational   

  • 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.
  • Develop new sections based on member interest to personalize WPHA membership, and increase subject expertise from among members. 
  • Incorporate language that is inclusive and equitable in strategies and throughout the workplan. 
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