Public health nurses. 250.06(1)
The qualifications of all public health nurses shall be prescribed by rules promulgated by the department. All public health nurses shall be registered nurses. Licensed practical nurses licensed under ch. 441
may be employed by local health departments under the supervision of a public health nurse to perform services for which licensed. Public health nurses shall work under the direction of the local board of health and the local health officer and shall conduct a generalized public health nursing program in cooperation with the department.
Notwithstanding sub. (1)
, any relevant education, training, instruction, or other experience that an applicant obtained in connection with military service, as defined in s. 111.32 (12g)
, counts toward satisfying the requirements for education, training, instruction, or other experience to qualify as a public health nurse if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the education, training, instruction, or other experience that the applicant obtained in connection with his or her military service is substantially equivalent to the education, training, instruction, or other experience that is required to qualify as a public health nurse.
The department shall examine the practice of public health nurses and make recommendations for the improvement and the development of public health nursing.
This section shall not apply to school nurses, as defined in s. 115.001 (11)
, while acting in the employ of a public school.
See also ch. DHS 139
, Wis. adm. code.
Public health planning. 250.07(1)(a)
By January 1, 2010, and at least every 10 years thereafter, develop a public health agenda.
Initiate, conduct and periodically evaluate a process for planning to use the resources of the state to meet the health needs of residents and, in conjunction with other state agencies, to implement the objectives that relate to state government in statutes or in public health rules promulgated by the department. The process shall involve representatives from public health organizations, governmental agencies and the general public.
Provide technical assistance to local units of government for the development of local public health plans.
Serve as the state lead agency in coordinating the activities within state government involving the collection, retrieval, analysis, reporting and publication of statistical information and other information related to health and health care.
The public health council shall monitor implementation of any document developed by the department under sub. (1) (a)
and shall advise the governor, the legislature, the department, and the public on progress in implementing the document and coordination of responses to public health emergencies.
NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 186
, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Dental services. 250.10(1m)(1m)
The department shall do all of the following:
Provide funding in each fiscal year to the Marquette University School of Dentistry for clinical education of Marquette University School of Dentistry students through the provision of dental services by the students and faculty of the Marquette University School of Dentistry in underserved areas and to underserved populations in the state, as determined by the department in conjunction with the Marquette University School of Dentistry; to inmates of correctional centers in Milwaukee County; and in clinics in the city of Milwaukee.
Award in each fiscal year to qualified applicants grants totaling $25,000 for fluoride supplements, $25,000 for a fluoride mouth-rinse program, and $120,000 for a school-based dental sealant program.
The department may provide funding to technical college district boards to provide oral health services.
Grants for community health centers. 250.15(1)
In this section, “community health center" means a health care entity that provides primary health care, health education and social services to low-income individuals.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (fh)
, the department shall, in each fiscal year, award all of the following as grants:
To a community health center in a 1st class city, $50,000.
To community health centers that receive federal grants under 42 USC 254b
(e), (g) or (h). Each grant shall equal the amount that results from multiplying the total amount available for grants under this paragraph in the fiscal year in which the grants are to be awarded by the quotient obtained by dividing the amount that the community health center received under 42 USC 254b
(e), (g) or (h) in the most recently concluded federal fiscal year in which those grants were made by the total amount of federal grants under 42 USC 254b
(e), (g) and (h) made in that federal fiscal year to community health centers in this state.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
Health disparities reduction or elimination. 250.20(1)(a)
“African American" means a person whose ancestors originated in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
“American Indian" means a person who is enrolled as a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band or who possesses documentation of at least one-fourth American Indian ancestry or documentation of tribal recognition as an American Indian.
“Asian" means a person whose ancestors originated in Asia south and southeast of the Himalayas and west of Wallace's Line in the Malay Archipelago.
“Economically disadvantaged" means having an income that is at or below 125 percent of the poverty line.
“Hispanic" means a person of any race whose ancestors originated in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America or South America or whose culture or origin is Spanish.
“Inter-tribal organization" means an organization or association of tribes or tribal agencies.
“Minority group member" means any of the following:
“Nonprofit corporation" means a nonstock corporation organized under ch. 181
that is a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17)
“Other agencies and organizations" means agencies of local, state and federal governments and private organizations that are not inter-tribal organizations or tribal agencies.
“Poverty line" means the nonfarm federal poverty line for the continental United States, as defined by the federal department of labor under 42 USC 9902
“Tribal agency" means an agency created by a tribe.
“Tribe" means a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.
(2) Departmental duties; minority health.
The department shall do all of the following:
Identify the barriers to health care that prevent economically disadvantaged minority group members in this state from participating fully and equally in all aspects of life.
Conduct statewide hearings on issues of concern to the health interests of economically disadvantaged minority group members.
Review, monitor and advise all state agencies with respect to the impact on the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members of current and emerging state policies, procedures, practices, statutes and rules.
Work closely with all state agencies, including the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the technical college system board, with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, with the private sector and with groups concerned with issues of the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members to develop long-term solutions to health problems of minority group members.
Disseminate information on the status of the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members in this state.
Encourage economically disadvantaged minority group members who are students to enter career health care professions, by developing materials that are culturally sensitive and appropriate and that promote health care professions as careers, for use by the University of Wisconsin System, the technical college system and the Medical College of Wisconsin in recruiting the students.
Submit a biennial report on the activities of the department under this section that includes recommendations on program policies, procedures, practices and services affecting the health status of economically disadvantaged minority group members, to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
and to the governor.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (kb)
, the department shall annually award grants for activities to improve the health status of economically disadvantaged minority group members. A person may apply, in the manner specified by the department, for a grant of up to $50,000 in each fiscal year to conduct these activities. An awardee of a grant under this subsection shall provide, for at least 50 percent of the grant amount, matching funds that may consist of funding or an in-kind contribution. An applicant that is not a federally qualified health center, as defined under 42 CFR 405.2401
(b) shall receive priority for grants awarded under this subsection.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (kb)
, the department shall award a grant of up to $50,000 in each fiscal year to a private nonprofit corporation that applies, in the manner specified by the department, to conduct a public information campaign on minority health.
(5) American Indian health project grants.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (ke)
, the department shall award grants for American Indian health projects in order to address specific problem areas in the field of American Indian health. A tribe, tribal agency, or inter-tribal organization may apply, in the manner specified by the department, for a grant of up to $10,000 to conduct an American Indian health project that is designed to do any of the following:
Develop, test or demonstrate solutions for specific American Indian health problems which, if proven effective, may be applied by other tribes, tribal agencies, inter-tribal organizations or other agencies or organizations.
Fund start-up costs of programs to deliver health care services to American Indians.
Conduct health care needs assessments and studies related to health care issues of concern to American Indians.
Provide innovative community-based health care services to American Indians.
(6) American Indian diabetes prevention and control.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (kf)
, the department shall fund activities to prevent and control diabetes among American Indians.
Workplace wellness program grants. 250.21(1)(a)
“Health risk assessment" means a computer-based health-promotion tool consisting of a questionnaire; a biometric health screening to measure vital health statistics, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight, and height; a formula for estimating health risks; an advice database; and a means to generate reports.
“Small business" means a business that has 50 or fewer employees.
“Workplace wellness program" means a health or fitness program that includes health risk assessments and one or more of the following programs or services:
(2) Workplace wellness program grants.
Subject to the limitations provided under sub. (3)
and after the department's approval of the application, from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (bn)
, the department shall award a grant to each applicant who provides a workplace wellness program to any of the applicant's employees who are employed at a small business in this state in an amount not to exceed 30 percent of the amount that the applicant paid during the year to provide such a program, not including any amount paid to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, remodel, or repair real property.
The maximum amount of the grants that may be awarded to all applicants in any fiscal year is $3,000,000. No applicant may be awarded a grant under this section for a workplace wellness program in existence before March 15, 2014. No applicant may be awarded more than one grant under this section. No grants may be awarded under this section after December 31, 2018.
A person wishing to receive a grant under this section shall apply for a grant in the manner prescribed by the department. An applicant shall include with the application an itemized list of the applicant's expenditures for providing a workplace wellness program. The department shall promulgate rules to administer this section.
History: 2013 a. 137