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Boards and Councils: Member orientation

Welcome and thank you for your public service! DHS is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. Your background and experience will be a valuable contribution to that mission.


Member resources

The following documents will orient you to open meetings laws and conduct during open meetings. Your council will give you specific information about how the council works as well as information to get you orient you to council priorities.

Open meetings law cheat sheet

Publication Cover: Open Meeting Laws Cheat Sheet

This two-page resource provides an overview of the definition and key components of a governmental body meeting. It includes what it means to convene a meeting and addresses common questions related to quorum.

Conduct during a meeting

Publication Cover: Conduct During a Meeting

This one-page resource provides an overview of common issues related to conduct at a meeting. It includes topics like citizen participation, accessibility, voting, and record keeping.

Message from DHS Secretary-designee

“The Department of Health Services (DHS) is one of the largest state agencies in Wisconsin with ten divisions and offices and more than 6,700 employees. We are committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin, making sure everyone can live their best life. You are a critical part of that mission. 

Your experience and expertise help to ensure everyone has access to the information, services, and supports needed to live their best life.

Thank you for your service to the people of Wisconsin.”

— Kirsten Johnson, DHS Secretary-designee

Last revised June 21, 2023