Division of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health Promotion (BCHP)

The Bureau of Community Health Promotion has a primary responsibility to provide a statewide model of integrative public health programming across the life span. Major functions include: statewide development and implementation of program practices and policies; development of federal grant applications; development and enforcement of standards and guidelines related to chronic disease, family health including children with special needs, injury, nutrition and tobacco prevention control; and evaluation of existing and proposed legislative proposals.

Chuck Warzecha, Interim Director

1 W. Wilson, Room 218
Madison, WI 53701

The Bureau of Community Health Promotion has four sections: Chronic Disease Prevention and Cancer Control Section, Family Health Section, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section, and Tobacco Prevention Section.

The Chronic Disease and Cancer Prevention Section has responsibility to plan, promote, implement and evaluate comprehensive population and evidence-based programs using best practices in the following areas: Arthritis Prevention and Control, Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control, Diabetes Prevention and Control, and Heart Disease and Stroke. Learn more about Chronic Disease programs in DHS.

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Section has responsibility for a variety of public health nutrition education and food programs. WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) and WIC FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) provide both supplemental nutritious foods and the critical nutrition information needed for healthy growth. TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) and CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) provide USDA commodity foods to low-income families. Several nutrition education programs, such as the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program, 5 A Day for Better Health, and the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, promote healthy eating and physical activity for good health. The Section is also responsible for addressing food insecurity and hunger.

The Family Health Section has responsibility to improve the health of women, infants, children, including the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCN), teens and families as they progress through the critical developmental milestones of life. A major emphasis of the programs in the Family Health Section involves prevention, early screening, and early intervention. Examples of the continuum include universal newborn hearing screening, early identification of pregnancy, and breast and cervical cancer screening.

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program has responsibility to reduce tobacco use and exposure in every Wisconsin community. This is accomplished through programs that use best practices to prevent the initiation of smoking by youths and adults, promoting treatment for persons with tobacco-related addictions, and protecting all residents from exposure to environmental smoke.

The Bureau has key relationships with local health departments, community-based organizations, private voluntary organizations, academic and health care provider networks.

Last Revised: June 19, 2018