Wisconsin Division of Public Health - Davies Public Health Award

Wisconsin Division of Public HealthThe Division of Public Health (DPH) is responsible for providing public health services to the people of Wisconsin.  The Division includes programs that address environmental and occupational health, family and community health, emergency medical services and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and communicable diseases.  It is also responsible for issuing birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates as well as collecting statistics related to the health of Wisconsin's population.

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A key factor in Wisconsin’s subsequent success with immunizations is the widespread acceptance and use of the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). The WIR is an innovative, nationally recognized information system. A confidential, web-based computerized system, it collects vaccination data from health care providers in Wisconsin.

The principal focus of the WIR is to help public and private health care providers and parents keep children on schedule for recommended immunizations, and help Wisconsin meet the goal of 90 percent of children receiving their primary series of immunizations by their second birthday.

A birth-to-death system, the WIR contains immunization records of individuals of all ages; it can analyze available data and determine if and when additional immunizations are needed. The WIR is offered to any health care provider at no cost. The user only needs a personal computer with Internet access.