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Introducing Our Strategic Plan

Public Health Madison & Dane County invites you to review our newly released Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 which serves as a roadmap to guide the direction of our Department over the coming four years. The plan outlines our goals, strategies, and objectives and describes the planning process. The plan is not a comprehensive listing of all of the essential activities that PHMDC is involved in. Rather the plan highlights focus areas that address current community health needs where we would like to deliberately focus our efforts to effect significant change in the coming years. It outlines goals and objectives for 4 community impact goals that influence the well being of Dane County residents, and one internal organizational goal:

  • Healthy Beginnings
    so children born in our community get off to a healthy and safe start
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
    so people in our community are more physically able to enjoy long, fulfilling lives
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
    so the people in our community are free from injury, trauma, and disease
  • Healthy Places to Live, Learn, Work and Play
    so the physical environments in our community are healthy and safe.
  • Highly Effective Organization
    Strengthening PHMDC to improve the health of our community by committing to equity, inclusion and antiracism in our work In order to achieve the objectives and strategies outlined in the plan, we can't work alone. Please take some time to review our focus for the next few years. We look forward to the discussions and collaborative work that will result in moving toward Healthy People and Healthy Places!

Meningitis B Cases at UW-Madison

Two UW-Madison students were hospitalized the week of October 3 with meningococcal serogroup B meningitis. Meningitis is a rare, but very serious disease that is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It comes on suddenly and progresses quickly. If not treated immediately, it can lead to death. Meningitis is usually treated with antibiotics.

To prevent more cases, University Health Services is recommending that all undergraduate students through age 25 at UW-Madison be vaccinated against meningococcal disease serogroup B. The vaccine is a series of 2 doses and available at no cost to students.

Most students are immunized as adolescents or as first-year college students living in dorms against meningitis serogroups ACYW, but not against serogroup B. Serogroup B is a newer vaccine and most college students have not yet been immunized. Students can check their immunization records in Wisconsin at Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

Meningococcal bacteria are spread by direct contact with an infected person's oral or nasal secretions. Besides immunization, other preventative measures include not sharing things that come into contact with your mouth, such as cups, smoking materials, or lip balm, covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing of tissue, and handwashing.

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