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Dale Taylor Appointed To|
State Health Committee
MAILED: Oct. 5, 1998|
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor has been selected to serve on a state committee working to create Wisconsin's public health plan for the 21st century.
Dr. Dale Taylor, chair of the allied health department, will work with others in the health field from around the state on the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Service's initiative, "Wisconsin's Turning Point: Taking Action to Transform the Public's Health."
The goal of the initiative is to publish a report identifying ways to modernize and revitalize the public health system and to address current and emerging health problems, concerns and related environmental issues by November 2000. Among other things, Taylor will help the committee figure out who the report should be addressed to and how it should be used.
"We're going to discuss how it should be written so it is a living and active report people can use and not have it written as just a collection of information," Taylor said.
Being on the committee also will give Taylor the opportunity to raise concerns on issues of interest to him including environmental justice, food and water sanitation and food processing.
"These topics are taught in the (allied health) department and it's one of my goals to make sure the committee recognizes that environmental health and public health are integral," Taylor said.
Margaret Schmelzer, Wisconsin public health nursing director and chair of the initiative, said Taylor made an excellent candidate for the committee.
"Dale was chosen because we were seeking to have broad representation," Schmelzer said. "We wanted a balanced committee reflective of our local communities and our institutions around the state."
Taylor will attend the committee's first meeting on Oct. 14 in Madison.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 5, 1998