Division of Public Health, Office of Policy and Practice Alignment (OPPA)

The Office of Policy and Practice Alignment (OPPA) has a primary responsibility to build partnerships and to provide leadership and support through the development and recommendations of statewide policy related to the Wisconsin Public Health System. OPPA works with partners to promote understanding of the health conditions impacting the people in Wisconsin. Major functions include development and implementation of practices and policies related to community health and prevention consistent with state statute. Additional functions include the development of federal grant applications and overall coordination of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; evaluation of existing and proposed legislative proposals; and ensuring that quality primary health care, and public health programs and services are available for the citizens and visitors of Wisconsin. 

Jen Rombalski, Director

1 W. Wilson, Room 250
Madison, WI 53701

The Office has two units that work together to accomplish the major functions and support public health system partners..

The five Regional Offices of the Division of Public Health primarily function as information pipelines through which central office and local and tribal public health departments communicate. Regional OPPA staff have the responsibility to assure consistent and accountable public health services in local government; provide leadership in the development of health system capacity and the foundational public health capabilities; link the work of the Department of Health Services and local, tribal and state public health system partners; and monitor, analyze, plan and facilitate response to regional issues, conditions and events. They provide technical assistance and consultation 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, departments, and systems.

The Policy Section serves as a resource for establishing, maintaining, and developing public health policy recommendations that are evidence-based. This includes developing the State Health Assessment as well as developing and monitoring implementation of the State Health Plan; address health disparities; encourage the use of evidence-based practices to promote health equity; promote a sufficient, competent and diverse public health workforce; prepare Wisconsin's public health system for national accreditation; promote continuous quality improvement for the state and local public health agencies; facilitate partnerships, build coalitions and lead systematic state and community level planning to improve the health of all jurisdictions.

Both units work to address health disparities; encourage the use of evidence-based practices to promote health equity; promote a sufficient, competent and diverse public health workforce; prepare Wisconsin’s public health system for national accreditation; support the development of performance management systems and promote continuous quality improvement for the state, local and tribal public health agencies; facilitate partnerships, build coalitions, and lead systemic state and community-level planning to improve the health of all in Wisconsin.

The Office has key relationships with all Bureaus and Offices in the Division of Public Health, other Divisions within the Department of Health Services, and other state agencies, local health departments, tribal health departments, community-based organizations, private voluntary organizations, and academic and health care provider networks. OPPA also provides support to the Public Health Council.

Last Revised: August 9, 2021