Division of Public Health (DPH)

National Public Health Week is April 6–12

Public health promotes and protects the health of the people of Wisconsin. Public health also works to ensure the areas where people live, work, and play are safe and free from environmental hazards.

At the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), we work with our local and tribal public health partners, and community groups statewide, on a wide variety of programs and services that protect the health of Wisconsin residents. A few of these programs are: communicable and chronic diseases; health promotion; environmental health, occupational health, family and community health; emergency medical services; and injury prevention.

Jeanne Ayers, RN, MPH

Deputy Administrator
Chuck Warzecha

Public Health Standards Director
Susan Uttech

Bureau of Operations Director
Donna Moore


Some Public Health Programs and Services


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Clean Water

We all know how precious clean water is to our health. Public health staff are focused on protecting and preserving our environment. Working to keep our groundwater safe and ensuring access to clean water makes a world of difference to everyone in Wisconsin, no matter where they live.

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What do public health staff do? They help inform and educate the public about staying safe during outbreaks, both small and large, and make sure those who are sick have the care they need, while keeping those around them healthy. We are grateful to Wisconsin’s public health workers!

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Public health is all about partnerships, especially during challenging economic times. Our partners include the Well Badger Resource Center, which helps connect Wisconsin families with the economic and health care services and resources they need.



Woman talking on phone in office looking frustratedPositive Mental Health

Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

As we all deal with life’s ups and downs, it’s important to check in on loved ones and neighbors, and help people open up about their mental health.

 COVID-19 impact on Mental Health

Learn how Mental Health is impacted by COVID-19.



Family cuddled in the corner of a couchMaternal and Child Health

Public health is about helping the people in our communities live their best lives.

Making sure moms and kids are healthy and emotionally resilient means reaching out to learn their needs and connect them with resources to help them grow and excel.

Public health workers are here for you!

 COVID-19 impact on families

Learn how families are impacted by COVID-19.




Young adult wearing a plaid shirt using a smart phoneBeing Resilient

These can be very stressful times for families, especially those experiencing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse within the home.

Help is available. Reach out.  

 COVID-19 impact on Resilience

Learn how being resilient is more important than ever due to COVID-19.



Bureaus and Offices within DPH

Aging and Disability Resources

Responsible for the development of policy and the management of programs that serve aging adults, persons with physical disabilities, or who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard-of-hearing, those in need of adult protective services, and persons who need or receive information about or access to community-based long-term support through an Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Communicable Diseases

Promotes efforts to prevent and control communicable diseases among Wisconsin citizens. Implements surveillance, control, and prevention measures; assists local health departments, health care providers, and citizens to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases; maintains a statewide surveillance system; assists in early identification and intervention of communicable diseases; and informs the public about ways to prevent and control communicable diseases.

Community Health Promotion

Works to ensure the health and well-being of all Wisconsin families and their communities by developing and supporting programs aimed at reducing chronic diseases among Wisconsin citizens and promotes the availability of health services to those with chronic conditions. Assesses health status, risk factors, and preventative health practices of the population; identifies desirable health practices and services; provides ongoing health surveillance; promotes public health education, programming, and initiatives to promote the health of citizens. Develops, implements and administers policies for the health and well-being of women, children, and families. Programs include life cycle health, nutrition education and counseling, supplemental food, and vendor compliance.

Environmental and Occupational Health

Promotes public health through by increasing public awareness of environmental hazards and disease and works to prevent and control exposure to environmental hazards. Inspects sources of radiation emissions. Protects the public from health risks related to occupational activities and prevents occupational illnesses and injuries in the workplace. Provides tracking of occupational diseases and injuries through surveillance programs, provides assistance to employers to help create safer workplaces, and provides training and program assistance on workplace safety and health.

Health Informatics

Collects, maintains and provides vital records for the citizens of the state; integrates and manages major public health related information systems; collects, protects, disseminates and analyzes health care and population-based health data needed to conduct critical state business.

Preparedness and Emergency Health Care

Coordinates the Department's response to natural and human-made disasters, licenses emergency medical service providers and technicians, supervises and approves training, approves and coordinates advanced support services.

Public Health Policy and Practice Alignment

Develops and implements public health strategic planning. Supports a division-wide planning and policy focus on population health that will result in achieving the goals set out in the state health plans, Healthiest Wisconsin 2010/2020. Works closely with the local public health departments throughout Wisconsin. Provides technical assistance and consultation for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Plans.

Regional Offices

Provides contract monitoring, technical assistance, and training related to family and community health, communicable disease prevention and control, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, environmental health, and injury prevention. Technical assistance and consultation is also provided for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Plans as well as local implementation of Public Health Accreditation Board standards and measures to assure effective and efficient public health services.

Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53707-2659
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Last Revised: April 9, 2020