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WPHA’s advocacy efforts are framed by the WPHA Board of Directors, and acted on monthly by the Public Affairs Committee. The Public Affairs Committee is a partnership with the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB). The two organizations jointly support a lobbyist.

This portion of the website includes resources and information that guide the organization, and could also guide local members. Highlights include:

  • Advocacy 101 Webinar - Listen in for tips and tricks on advocacy work, meeting with your legislator, and making an ask.

  • Advocacy DO's and DON'T's - There are many things we should do when reaching out to our local, state and national leaders. Also, what we shouldn't. View this fact sheet for some additional recommendations.

  • Legislative tools – Members can download a pocket directory of legislators, find out who their legislator is, and learn more about advocacy.

  • Resolutions – WPHA has a long history of resolutions that outline some of its fundamental positions. A list of recent resolutions is online; older resolutions are available by request.

  • Member input forms – WPHA members can request that the Public Affairs Committee take specific action on a policy, plan, proposal, or piece of legislation.

The Public Affairs Committee promotes health policy development by recommending action and educating members and public officials about legislative issues.

2020 Committee Chair
Maureen Busalacchi -- Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment

WPHA Joint PA members
Amy Williamson - UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Jan Klawitter - WI State Lab of Hygiene
Darren Rausch -- Greenfield Health Department
Geof Swain -- Retired
Darcie Warren - American Lung Association in WI
Niki Euhardy - Winnebago County Health Department

WALHDAB Joint PA members
Linda Conlon (Co-Chair) – Oneida County Health Department
Amanda Dederich - Juneau County Health Department
Ruth Wood - Pierce County Board of Health
Elizabeth Giese – Eau Claire City-County Health Department 
Mary Dorn - Outagamie County Public Health Division
Laura Conklin – Wauwatosa Health Department
Katie Lepak - City of Cudahy Health Department

View the WPHA-WALHDAB Joint PA Committee Meeting Notes here.

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