“It was a honor to meet with and recognize public health partners in Sauk County today. The latest stop on the Thank You Tour included a robust discussion with public health officials and partners from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Grant County, Monroe County, Richland County, Sauk County, and Vernon County. Today’s town hall was an opportunity to thank our public health partners who have demonstrated commitment and devotion to the health and well-being of not only their communities but every Wisconsinite. That’s what public health is: working to protect and improve the lives of those in your community, whether that be through detecting, preventing and responding to diseases, sharing information about environmental hazards, or promoting healthy lifestyles. And on behalf of Governor Tony Evers, a Certificate of Commendation will be sent to all Local and Tribal Health Departments to recognize their invaluable contribution to the community and recognize the exceptional public service to the people of Wisconsin.
Our discussion today focused on the lessons learned over the past two years and how these will be infused into our response moving forward. It covered the need to invest in public health, ways to enhance local and state coordination, recovery efforts, and the strain the pandemic placed on our partners, whether they be in local or tribal public health departments, emergency management, health care systems, or other settings. We were able to discuss the importance of supporting those who have been on the frontlines and ensure our public health partners have access to mental health services and the resources they need to continue their critical work. This included a discussion about the Resilient Wisconsin resources available. Many of our partners in the room shared gratitude toward one another for the support and coordination between counties and tribes. We know these partnerships will be extremely valuable as we continue to confront and adapt to COVID-19. We appreciate the emphasize our partners placed on the need to lead the COVID-19 response with kindness and respect for one another. Although COVID-19 is still a part of our lives, by supporting our public health partners, we are better able to protect the health and safety of all Wisconsinites as we move forward together.
A special thanks to our host of today’s event, Sauk County Health Department.”
Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake and DHS leadership with partners from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Grant County, Monroe County, Richland County, Sauk County, and Vernon County.