Wisconsin Environmental Health Association


Wisconsin Environmental Health Association 2019 Annual Educational Conference

Join your peers October 16 - 18, 2019 for the Annual Educational Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI

Day 1 - General Environmental Health Sessions

Day 1 (Wednesday, October 16) will comprise of a wide variety of environmental health topics. The topics include:

  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning reporting

  • Source of Lead Poisoning

  • Safe Spaces for Children

  • Addressing PFAS in Wisconsin

  • Drug and Meth Cleanup

  • Legal Issues with Human Health Hazards

  • Roundtable Sessions: opioid cleanup, radon in schools, flooding response, algal blooms

Days 2 & 3 - The Conference

Day 2 (Thursday, October 17) The agenda will contain dual-track options for specific topics relating to food safety and general EH. Thursday will also include a round table discussion by DATCP to allow for more smaller group discussions/answers. Please note: some of the topics DATCP is presenting will be pre-recorded and available after the conference. The pre-recorded sessions will be a power point similar to the webinar series that DATCP is currently doing. These sessions will not be recorded live and will not contain any questions or answers.

The topics for Thursday include:

  • Legionella Case Study in the Dells- Shayna Dye, Ted Tuchalski

  • The Up and Up on Food Safety- Hsing-Yi


  • Pool Review

  • New and Emerging Pests- Batzner Pest Control

  • Plan Review: Cold Storage and Dry Storage Calculator- Julie Hults

  • Licensing, A Year in Review

  • Preparedness Training

  • Retail Inspection and Meat Safety- Paul Pierce, DATCP meat division

  • Round table discussions: Produce Safety, HACCP vs Variance, Maple Syrup, Product Assessment/Challenge Studies, Industrial Hemp, Retail Equipment, Cleaning Up Biological Incidents at Retail.

Day 3 (Friday, October 18) will be a half day closing session with our featured speaker. This year, WEHA is proud to sponsor:

Lone Jespersen, founder of Cultivate. Lone is an entrepreneur, high-level strategist, food safety expert, and visionary dedicated to helping food manufacturers deliver safe and quality food through culture-driven intervention. Find more information about Lone and her mission at https://cultivatefoodsafety.com

For information about registration, hotels, payment options, the silent auction, and conference contact information, please click the “Conference Registration Site” button above.

WEHA at NEHA 2019

Members of WEHA along with other Environmental Health professionals attended the 2019 NEHA Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, TN. Of course the conference offered countless sessions to learn and develop our skills. However, there were many opportunities to have fun and meet new people.


NEHA Executive Director, David Dyjack, photo bombing our Wisconsin group photo


Wisconsin group photo


Natalie Vandeveld, Outagamie County Public Health Division, was honored with the WEHA affiliate NEHA Certificate of Merit.


Carrie Pohjola, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, leading a session at NEHA.


Claire Evers, City of Milwaukee, leading a session at NEHA.

Natalie Vandeveld
Change of Location for 2019 WEHA Conference

On March 1, 2019, WEHA was notified that the Heidel House in Green Lake, Wisconsin, will be closing. Therefore, the Wisconsin Environmental Health Association 2019 Educational Conference has been moved to a new location.

This year’s conference will now be hosted at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. For information on the resort, please visit their web page located here. The conference dates will remain October 16 - 18, 2019.

For more information on the 2019 WEHA conference, please click here.

Natalie Vandeveld
Update: 2019 NEHA Region 4 Conference in Omaha, NE

Conference Location
DoubleTree by Hilton, 1616 Dodge Street in Omaha, NE (Google Maps)

Call for Abstracts
Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2019, see more information here (Nebraska Environmental Health Association’s website)

For the most current information, please visit: http://nebraskaneha.com/region4conference.html


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Renew your 2019 Membership

Take the time now to renew your WEHA membership for 2019.  By being a WEHA member, you will continue to have the following benefits. 

  • Opportunities to receive stipends to attend WEHA or NEHA Conferences
    NEHA Annual Educational Conference – Nashville, Tennessee July 9 – July 12, 2019
    WEHA Educational Conference – Green Lake, Wisconsin October 16 – October 18, 2019

  • Ability to obtain continuing education credits by attending WEHA or NEHA Conferences

  • Reduced registration costs for WEHA sponsored events

  • Promotion and review of environmental health legislation and regulations

  • Network with other environmental and public health professionals

Go to the Membership page to renew

Natalie Vandeveld
Call for 2018 Nominations

We need interested, dedicated individuals to serve in WEHA leadership positions!  Nominations of persons interested in serving are due on August 24, 2018.   

The following offices will be up for election in the fall of 2018:

  • President- Elect: This position assumes the office of the President and assists the President. Additionally, the President-Elect participates as a member of the Education and Conference Committee.  Mitch Lohr currently holds this position, which will become vacant when he assumes the position of President.

  • Secretary: This position mainly records and posts the Board minutes as well as other duties during elections. Trista Groth currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.

  • Treasurer: This position keeps track of the organizations financing as well as our investments for scholarships, etc. It involves not only long-term planning and tracking, but also paying and tracking everyday expenses and disbursements. Brian Hobbs currently holds the position and will be seeking re-election.

  • Director-at-Large: This member of the board performs ad hoc duties as assigned by the President and may only be held by past WEHA presidents. Laura Temke currently holds this position and will be seeking re-election.

  • Director (2): A Director is a voting member of the Board. There are two Director positions on the Board. Natalie Vandeveld holds one position and will be seeking re-election. Michele Williams currently holds the other position and will be seeking re-election.

  • District Vice-President, NE: This person represents members in the Northeast part of the state, and prepares a report on their activities for board meetings as well as serves as a WEHA representative to that area. Todd Drew currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.

  • District Vice-President, SW: This person represents members in the Southwest part of the state, and prepares a report on their activities for board meetings as well as serves as a WEHA representative to that area. Arthur Ness currently holds this position and will not be seeking re-election.

The only requirement for these jobs is that the nominee be a member in good standing of WEHA during the election and the term.  Additionally, all Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings. If you are interested, nominations along with your name, current position, employer, position sought, and biography may be sent to Trista Groth, Nominations Committee Chair, at Trista.groth@outagamie.org

Please give this chance to serve your full consideration.

Natalie Vandeveld
WEHA Environmental Health Professional of the Year Award

The recipient of this award will personify our commitment to serve and protect the citizens of Wisconsin from the many health risks posed by the environment in which we live. The award highlights outstanding work and individual accomplishments in the field of environmental and public health. 

Any person that has made an impact on environmental and public health and/or has demonstrated dedication to the profession can be nominated. The person does not have to be a member of WEHA. In addition, any person can submit a nomination. The nomination does not have to come from a member of WEHA.

Nominations are now open. Submit an application today for an person that should be highlighted as conducting exemplary work in the field of environmental and public health.  

Click here to view additional information of how to submit a nomination.

Deadline is August 24, 2018.

Natalie Vandeveld
WEHA 2018 Educational Conference

Registration is now open for the WEHA 2018 Educational Conference to be held September 19th-21st at the Lacrosse Country Club/Omni Center in LaCrosse WI.

The conference grid is now available here!

September 19th-20th, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday sessions)
Lacrosse Country Club
300 Marcou Rd, Onalaska, WI

September 21st, 2018 (Friday sessions only)
Onalaska Omni Center
255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, WI

* Please note! Due to a fire at Stoney Creek the conference has switched locations to the Lacrosse Country Club (Wednesday and Thursday) and the Onalaska Omni Center (Friday).

** Stoney Creek will provide a shuttle to the La Crosse Country Club. Sleeping rooms were unaffected by the fire and our room block at Stoney Creek is still available. 


DONT MISS OUT on the Lacrosse Queen Riverboat!

As part of the conference there will be a networking event on the LaCrosse Queen Riverboat.  Click here to download the application to submit payment with a check.