New to Public Health - Cohort 4: Session 6-Environmental Health


The New to Public Health Residency Program is an innovative development program designed to build confidence and competency for professionals who are new to public health.

The program is built upon the Foundational Public Health Services Model and develops enhanced knowledge and skills within the foundational areas and capabilities that are essential to public health practice.

The residency program includes an evidence-based practice project, peer networking, mentoring, facilitated reflection and journaling, simulation, and case studies to support the new resident as they transition to practice; while inspiring collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships to promote and protect health at a population level. 

Statement of Need and Purpose

The residency program is designed to provide new public health professionals the foundational capabilities that are essential to public health practice. Overarching residency curriculum focuses on leadership, professional development, role-specific formation and competency. A residency program bridges the workforce by integrating the knowledge of experienced public health professionals and the fresh ideas of new staff to positively affect population health.

Integration of public health professionals from across jurisdictions allows the new public health professional to understand how diversity in the workforce strengthens essential services across city and county lines, and allows for enhanced networking and future collaboration.

Residency programs supplement state and local orientation programs and build upon department-specific policy, procedures, and tasks, to allow the resident to see a fuller picture of the field of public health. 

This contemporary program utilizes a comprehensive practice model that supplements existing knowledge of staff and supports the synthesis of new ideas. The program promotes standardized tools for the participant to customize based on their individual practice. 

Target Audience

This residency program is designed to meet the needs of nurses, social workers, sanitarians, health educators, and other public health professionals that are new to their roles.

Elements of Competence

This continuing education (CE) activity is designed to improve learner competence, and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties’ areas of interpersonal communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice, the Institute of Medicine area of employing evidence-based practice, applying quality improvement, and utilizing information, and the Interprofessional and Nursing areas of values/ethics, roles/responsibilities and interprofessional communication.

Global Learning Objectives

By the end of the residency program, the new public health professional as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team will:

  1. Apply learned concepts from the Foundational Public Health Services’ model to their public health professional practice.
  2. Increase knowledge, skills, and confidence for competent public health practice.
  3. Access tools and resources applicable to public health practice.
  4. Apply health equity and social justice concepts to public health practice.
  5. Demonstrate enhanced cultural competency knowledge and skills in their individual practice.
  6. Research, plan, and present a quality improvement or evidence-based practice project within their local health department or community.

Session Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, the learner as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team will:  

  • Explain how public health provides timely, statewide, and locally relevant and accurate information to the state, health care system, and community on environmental public health issues and health impacts from common environmental or toxic exposures.    
  • Identify statewide and local community environmental public health partners and their capacities, develop and implement a prioritized plan, and seek action funding for high priority initiatives.    
  • Describe how public health conducts mandated environmental public health laboratory testing, inspections, and oversight to protect food, recreation sites, and drinking water; manages liquid and solid waste streams safely; and identifies other public health hazards related to environmental factors in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  
  • Indicate how public health protects workers and the public from chemical and radiation hazards in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Articulate how public health participates in broad land use planning and sustainable development to encourage decisions that promote positive public health outcomes (e.g., housing and urban development, recreational facilities, and transportation systems) and resilient communities.   
  • Recognize how public health coordinates and integrates categorically funded environmental public health programs and services.

Successful Completion

Residents will view lectures, panel discussions, participate in cased-based and small-group discussions, participation in simulation and skill-based training, and participate in simulation, skill-based training, and gaming activities over a 12 month period of time.

The residency program also includes an evidence-based practice project, peer networking, mentoring, facilitated reflection, journaling to support the new resident as they transition to practice while inspiring collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships to promote and protect health at a population level. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 8.00 CECH Approved Credits
    • 8.00 Entry-level Continuing Competency credits
    • 1.00 Advanced-level credits
    • 7.00 Entry-level credits
  • 8.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Session 6: Pre-Test
Modified Version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
Core Competencies
Casey-Fink Retention Survey
Introduction to Environmental Health
Scavenger Hunt
The Built Environment 
Food Safety 
Food Safety-Case Study
Drinking Water
Liquid and Solid Waste Management 
Chemical and Radiation Hazards
Radon-Case Study
Recreational Activities 
Hazardous Living Conditions
Hoarding-Case Study
Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases
Planetary Health
Discussion Post Check In
Session 6: Post-Test
Session 6: Evaluation

Content Authors


Julianna Manske

New to Public Health Residency Program Facilitator

Julianna Manske is the is facilitator and cofounder of the New to Public Health Residency Program and is employed with the University-Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing. Julianna spearheaded the workgroup in 2016 that developed and implemented the Southeastern Wisconsin Public Health Nurse Residency Program. This program, which ran from 2017-2020, served as a foundation to build the New to Public Health Residency Program, which supports public health professionals in their first year of employment at a local, regional, tribal, or state health department. Julianna serves as a co-chair on the Association of Public Health Nurses’ Education and Professional Development subcommittee. Julianna graduated from Concordia University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Nursing Education, and Carroll University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Julianna is passionate about workforce development and she is grateful to work with an incredible team developing the New to Public Health Residency Program and collaborating with public health leaders across the country. 

Hannah Hayes

Hannah Hayes

New to Public Health Residency Program Facilitator and Project Manager

Hannah Hayes is the New to Public Health project manager, facilitator, and co-developer of the New to Public Health Residency Program. In 2018 Hannah completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time, Hannah partnered with the Southeastern Wisconsin Public Health Nurse Residency Program, where she assisted in the co-development of a toolkit for the dissemination and implementation of the residency program, which served as the foundation for the New to Public Health Residency Program. Hannah is currently employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing as the Project Manager of the New to Public Health Project. Hannah graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016. Hannah has experience in family practice & forensics, postpartum, and public health nursing in addition to serving as a public health clinical instructor. Hannah is passionate about social justice, empowering new professionals, and advancing the public health profession.

Michael Jaeb

Michael Jaeb

Michael is a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. Michael is building a program of research to improve health professional-patient communication to address shame and stigma encountered during health professional-patient interactions. The goal of this research is to develop and bolster trauma-informed communication tools and styles that support health professionals providing caring services for individuals, families, and communities experiencing shame and stigma. Michael serves as the co-chair of the Wisconsin Public Health Association Public Health Nursing section. He previously served on the Wisconsin Nurses Association Public Policy Council, COVID Response Work Plan Committee, and COVID Ethics subcommittee in which he advocated for the protection of the nursing workforce and correction of inequitable responses to public health crises. Michael also served at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department in implementing outreach efforts for WIC, NFP, and community action teams targeting mental health and healthy relationships. He led a food support program for individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Michael also has experience collaborating with Native American communities and UW-Eau Claire faculty to address poor outcomes related to pressure ulcers in older adults.

Paula Bizot

Paula Bizot

Paula Bizot, MS, RN, serves as the research project manager for the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN). She holds a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a bachelor’s in nursing science from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in chemistry-biology from Ripon College. Paula brings 20 years of experience as an environmental scientist, having worked with diverse communities and stakeholders across the United States while leading complex remediation and water quality-related projects for the federal government. She is a registered nurse with experience in geriatrics and primary care. In 2019-2020, Paula was an Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments environmental nurse fellow. Paula strives to improve public health while also bringing recognition to the important intersection of human and environmental health.   

Diana Simmes

Diana Simmes

Diana Simmes is the Pesticide Medical Education Director of PERC-med. PERC-med is a Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. EPA, the University of California Davis and Oregon State University. Prior to joining the PERC-med team Ms. Simmes was the Academic Coordinator of the Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery at the University of California San Diego. She has held leadership and management positions on a wide variety of maternal and child health research studies including serving in a position critical to the successful operation of the National Children's Study-San Diego County, a longitudinal study examining the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of children. She holds an MPH from Boston University and has consulted with the American Academy of Pediatrics, conducted research programs on pressing public health issues, authored numerous publications, and collaborated with health care providers from across the U.S.

Reghan O Walsh

Reghan O Walsh

Reghan O. Walsh is a marketing and partnership specialist in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Madison. She works as a contract employee with the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services, in the Division of Public Health in the Lead-Safe Homes Program. Walsh brings 20 plus years of experience as a public health educator in the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Walsh received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2017 earned the Certified Communicator in Public Health credential from the National Public Health Information Center. Her background includes 12 years of research into mother-infant relationships, and co-authored several journal articles and chapters while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center. 

Kimberly Schneider

Kimberly Schneider 

Kimberly Schneider is a public health nurse for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services, in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. She has 9 years of experience in Public Health including areas of injury prevention, maternal child health, communicable disease, childhood and adult immunizations, and emergency preparedness. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College and is a registered nurse. Her certifications include being a Lead Risk Assessor, Certified Lactation Counselor, and a Child Passenger Safety Technician. 



Meghan Spredmann

Meghan Spredemann

Ms. Meghan Spredemann has a progressive career in public health with over 10 years of experience with backgrounds in Environmental Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, Public Health Operations and a focus on Quality Improvement Initiatives. Currently, Meghan is an employee of the City of Wauwatosa Health Department and working to improve the city’s health equity among black, indigenous and other people of color and COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. Meghan has earned a Master’s of Health Communication from Northwestern University School of Communications, and received her BS in Environmental Public Health from the UW-Eau Claire.  

Jessica LeClair

Jessica LeClair

Jessica LeClair, MPH, RN, is a clinical faculty member and PhD student at University of Wisconsin (UW) –Madison School of Nursing and an MPH program faculty member at the School of Medicine and Public Health, with affiliated appointments at the Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Past experiences include working as a public health nurse for Public Health Madison and Dane County, and as a community health nurse for the Ho-Chunk Nation. As a public health nurse, she became concerned with local health effects of climate change, such as increased frequency and severity of flooding events. This led her to pursue an MPH that focused on climate justice, where she developed new partnerships, planned, and implemented a Native Nations’ climate preparedness assessment with the Wisconsin Tribal Director Association, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Climate and Health Program, and the Office of Tribal Affairs. She subsequently led her local health department’s first Climate and Health Report. She has co-chaired the Wisconsin Public Health Association’s Climate and Health Section, the Global Nurses Climate Change Committee with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and the Sustainable Madison Committee. She joined UW-Madison in 2018 to empower future nurses to address climate justice and other planetary health issues. As a PhD student in nursing, she has completed a scoping review on nursing strategies for environmental justice, collaborated with a task force of the Planetary Health Alliance in the creation of the Planetary Health Education Framework, and partnered with other critical nurse theorists to develop a Critical Environmental Justice Nursing for Planetary Health Framework to help guide nursing inquiry into global environmental justice issues. Her long-term goal is to build a program of research that identifies and facilitates effective public health practices that advance climate justice and population health.


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Hannah Hayes, MPH, RN
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
Julianna Manske, MSN, RN, OCN
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
Susan Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
Deborah Heim, PhD, MS, MN, BSN
Public Health Nurse Consultant (PHNC)
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Office of Policy and Practice Alignment (OPPA) for the SE region
Marta McMillion, MPH, MS, CHES
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Ellen Henry, BS, CHESN
City of Franklin Health Department
Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS
UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health


Angela Acker
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Populations Health Institute
Michael Jaeb
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Public Health
Paula Bizot
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
Abra Vigna
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Populations Health Institute


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Advanced-level contact hours: 1.0

Available Credit

  • 8.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 8.00 CECH Approved Credits
    • 8.00 Entry-level Continuing Competency credits
    • 1.00 Advanced-level credits
    • 7.00 Entry-level credits
  • 8.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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