Division of Public Health
Public Health Nurse Consultants
The Public Health Nurse (PHN) Consultants are a part of the
Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We offer
consultation and technical assistance in a defined geographic
area or program area for the purpose of promoting and maintaining a strong
public health infrastructure. This is accomplished through supportive
relationships with local public health and tribal community health agencies, and
other community partners.
Vision and Mission
We share the vision and mission of all of Wisconsin's Public Health System
Partners as defined in the state's health plan, Healthiest
Vision: "Everyone Living Better, Longer"
A healthy Wisconsin is a place where…
- All individuals reach their highest potential.
- Communities support the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and
cultural needs of all people.
- People work together to create healthy, sustainable physical and
social environments for their benefit and that of future
Mission: "To assure conditions in which people can be healthy,
and members of healthy, safe, and resilient families and communities"
The Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 process identified 23 focus areas
to be addressed by the public health system partners and Wisconsin communities
over the decade from 2010 to 2020. These focus areas are listed and briefly
described in the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 document, and include
two overarching focus areas, 9 infrastructure focus areas, and 12 health focus
The 23 focus areas of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 encompass most
of the important facets of health across the life span; this enables a broad
cross section of Wisconsin individuals and organizations to see themselves in
the plan. Some focus on the infrastructure of the public health system (such as
skilled workforce, stable funding, and partnership development). Others focus on
more specific health issues (such as injury and violence, physical activity, and
mental health). Two focus on the overarching issues of health disparities; and
social, economic and educational factors that influence health.
The primary partners of the PHN consultants are staff who provide public
health services for a city,
county or tribal
government. This may include community health nurses, public health nurses,
school nurses, jail nurses, staff from home visitation programs, tribal
community health nurses, nursing school faculty, and staff from other state
agencies. In addition, PHN consultants partner with other community partners who
are dedicated to improving the health of communities through networking,
collaborations, and coalitions.
The PHN consultant is responsible for assuring that the specialty of public
health nursing is appropriately integrated as a Core
Function (PDF, 201 KB) in public health programs and services at the local, regional, and
state level. This is accomplished through:
- Leadership which assures that nursing and public health nursing programs
are in compliance with nursing and public health statutes and
- Provision of technical assistance and consultation to local health
departments, tribal entities, and other community partners to assure best
practices of public health nursing
- Promotion of high quality Public
Health Nursing Competencies through education and training (exit
- Development of resources critical to public health nurses capacity to
carry out the Essential
Public Health Services (exit DHS)
Contact the PHN Consultants
The PHN consultants are employed by the Division of Public Health at the
Department of Health Services (DHS) and work in five
regions in Wisconsin and in the central office in Madison.
To contact a public health nurse consultant by region or program, view the
Public Health Nursing Directory (Word, 81 KB).
If you have any questions, e-mail Jamie
LaBrasca at the Northern Regional Office.
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November 19, 2013