WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND BOARDS
Draft Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting
February 9, 2007
Board members present: Melody Bockenfeld, Sharon Hampson, Dennis Wedde, James
Stecker, Jody Langfeldt, Joe Salzmann, Mary Halada, Suzanne Oehlke, Holly Matucheski,
Susan Lorenz, Kurt Eggebrecht, Judy Crouch-Smolarek, Mary Cay Freiberg
Board members absent: Patty Krug, Dale Hippensteel, Cindy Tomasello, Kurt Eggebrecht
Karen Barlett, Lowell Haugen, Ellen Moldenhauer, Curtiss Nyenhuis, Chris Hovell, Cheryl
Mazmanian, Nancy Eggleston, Karen Witt
Meeting called to order by at 8:34 a.m. by Co-President Melody Bockenfeld.
Approval of the agenda - Motion made to approve the agenda by Sharon Hampson
and seconded by Jim Stecker. Approved.
Minutes of the January 12, 2007 meeting were reviewed. Joanne Weidmann’s name
should be added to the “Also Present” section of the minutes. Motion made to approve
the minutes with this correction by Dennis Wedde and seconded by Kurt Eggebrecht.
Treasurer’s Report – Mary reported that we have an outstanding bill with NACCHO for a
conference. This bill will be paid when regional dues revenue comes in. She also
reported that Grayhorse Consulting is paid in full for their services. The CD that is at
Hartland Credit Union comes due in May and Mary is requesting to move to a more local
bank. The consensus of the board was to get the best interest rate possible. Motion
made by Sharon Hampson and seconded by Jim Stecker to have Mary take care of this
CD as she sees fit when it comes due. Motion carried. Mary also reported that the
Wisline bills are slow to come in. These bills are for the teleconferences. She just received
the October bill. A suggestion was made to check into online teleconference options
that are free. We pay about $200 per call. Money to cover the Joint Public Affairs costs
will be moved and reflected in next months report. Motion by Jody Langfeldt and
seconded by Mary Cay Freiberg to approve the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion
NALBOH Bowling Green meeting – The NALBOH meeting this year is the 29th and 30th of
March. Sharon Hampson is requesting the board to assist Dennis Wedde to attend this
meeting. Last year Jim Stecker attended. Motion by Joe Salzman and seconded by
Melody Bockenfeld to encourage Dennis to attend and to financially support his
attendance. Financial assistance would cover airfare, lodging and some meals. Money
budgeted in the National Meeting line item will be used for these expenses. Motion
carried with Dennis Wedde abstaining from the vote.
Environmental Health survey request – The Environmental Subgroup of WALHDAB has
requested that a survey be done of agent counties and that the survey would be posted
and replied to through the WALHDAB website. It was pointed out that this is a good
example where the board needs administrative assistance. It was also pointed out the
strategic plan talks about WALHDAB delivering more services to its members. Motion by
Sharon Hampson and seconded by Susan Lorenz to approve the environmental health
project. Motion carried.
Strategic Plan Comment Period/Distribution plan to members – Susan Lorenz reported
that the Southern Region had a question about the whether or not the numbers is front of
the priorities were indicative of the ranking of the priorities or just a listing of them. If it is a
ranking of the priorities then SR had the suggestion to reorder them placing service and
protection first, core functions, essential services and social justice second and working in
partnerships third. If it is just a listing the suggestion was made to use bullet points instead
of numbers. Also a suggestion was made to bold and not indent the words “Secondary
Customers” to match the primary customers above it. The question was asked if tribes
are members of WALHDAB, do they pay dues, and were they included in the strategic
plan. Mary Halada reported that some tribes are members and do pay dues. Southern
Region feels that if tribes pay dues and are members they should be mentioned in the
strategic plan. Melody proposed adding them with local health departments in letter B
of the Primary Customers section. Sharon Hampson reported that the La Crosse board of
health recommended changing all of the future tense (will bees) in the mission statement
to present tense (is/are). The present tense is more definite. A recommendation was
also made to add a reference to the state health plan to the priorities. On page 4 a
suggestion was made to include “provide training to new board of health members”.
The board felt that idea is reflected in the strategies for that section. On page 6 it was
proposed to add a third strategy, an item ‘c’ that would offer “annual board of health
sessions with an emphasis on advocacy”. After discussion it was decided to change the
language to “opportunities will be made available to orient new board of health
members”. Holly will forward the strategic plan to the Northern Region for comment.
Melody will contact the Western and Southeastern Regions regarding their regional
comments. She hopes that the final draft will be out in a week. If any further needs for
content changes are necessary it will be done by email. Melody will also be working on
a timeline to make it easier to see an overview of the plan and the work required. She is
also going to work on a one page mission, vision and objectives teaching tool.
DHFS changes – WIC reassignment to a new department – Melody asked Suzanne if the
had been a request yet for support against moving the WIC program into the new
proposed Department of Children and Families. Suzanne reported that there has not
been a request yet but one will be coming. The State WIC Director has been gone but
will be returning next week. Federal regulations say that WIC must be in a “health or
comparable agency” and any attempt to move the program would need the approval
of the Feds. Unsure of where this request originated from. Suzanne indicated that this
would fit in WALHDAB legislative activities. The legislature apparently has the authority to
create a new department and move WIC without legislation. WIC and Wisconsin WIC
Association (WWA) are looking to the Federal regulations to keep WIC where it is
currently located. WWA supports the idea that WIC is truly a public health program.
Melody suggested a general letter be written to highlight the many ways that WIC and
public health cross over thus supporting leaving WIC where it is. A suggestion was made
to ask the Feds if the proposed move would be considered comparable to a public
health department. This has been tried in other states with various outcomes. Michigan
tried to move WIC out of health and failed however Illinois tried and was successful.
Suzanne will keep the board posted.
NACCHO request/Rep. David Obey – A request has come from NACCHO regarding the
relationship between WALHDAB and Rep. Obey. He is the chair of the Congressional
Health Committee. His district covers parts of the Northern and Western regions. Holly
Matucheski reported that several members have had contact with Rep Obey.
Consensus was that WALHDAB will work with NACCHO on this. Rep. Obey is supportive of
the rural dental health program. Hovan will be working with state legislators in Obey’s
district to help out. Melody will work on getting information regarding the relationship
and get it back to NACCHO. She feels this request in part due to increased activity by
WALHDAB in NACCHO.
Development of RFP for management services – This is one of the first issues of the
strategic plan time line. Suggested officers make up a small committee to work on
identifying the tasks for this position. WPHA has a RFP we can look at for ideas.
Joint PA Committee – Last meeting was 1/25/07. A new partner has joined Hovan. His
name is Ryan Natzke and he is a former government affairs associate. The Special
Legislative Committee on Disaster Preparedness is holding discussion on the work of the
Preparedness Leadership committee. Kurt Eggebrecht and Kathy Munsey are members
of the committee. Their next meeting is 2/14/07. There was brief discussion of the trailer
bill. Lead Prevention Program press release discussed regarding the window
replacement program. Health officers received information on this program. Day at the
Capital will be February 21. There was also discussion on the Lt. Governor’s Mental
Health Initiative. The parody bill will be reviewed in February with a possible change from
using the word parody to using equality.
Joint Annual Conference – Kurt Eggebrecht reported that the committee is moving in
accordance with their timeline. The committee is in the process of reviewing abstracts.
They are very pleased with the quality of the abstracts that have been received. They
may need to increase the number of breakout sessions to accommodate the large
number of abstract submissions. Abstracts and proposals than room for and they will be
offered the opportunity to be a poster session. Judy Crouch-Smolarek has sent
information out to the regions regarding baskets/items for the silent auction. The money
raised goes to support a candidate for MARPHLI. Discussion was held on the timing of
the business meeting. It is usually held on early on the second day of the conference. It
was suggested to move the meeting up ½ hour. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00
with the first keynote session starting at 8:30 a.m. Consensus was to leave the meeting at
7:00 and plan to go until as close to 8:30 as possible to allow people to get to the first
Environmental Health Specialty Group – No report
Nutrition Specialty Group – No further report than presented.
Preparedness Committee – This group met yesterday, 2/08/07.
Regional Representative Reports
Southeast Region – Their last meeting was 1/10/07 and a presentation was given by
Marquette, Milwaukee School of Engineering and UW – Milwaukee on their collaborative
work on a HRSA work force development grant. As a part of this grant a person has
been hired to work with the Southeast and Northeast regions.
Southern Region – Their last meeting was on 2/7/07. Larry Gilbertson gave us an update
on the changes that the Governor has proposed for the state Health and Family services
(splitting the Children and Family unit from Health) as well as the many staff changes that
are occuring within his Bureau. Terri Hiltz presented on the WI PHIN AVR system.
Jim Stecker reported that Bellin Hospital in Green Bay will hold classes at St. Norbert’s
College for a nursing degree.
A motion was made by Jim Stecker and seconded by Mary Cay Freiberg to adjourn the
meeting. Meeting adjourned at 9:49 a.m.
Next meeting is March 9, 2007 at the Portage County Library in Stevens Point from 10:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Jody R. Langfeldt, Secretary