Food Safety and Recreational Licensing
Division of Public Health
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Tracynda's interest in environmental health began while she was completing her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, when the city was faced with the largest waterborne outbreak in the
Currently, she is a program manager in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, where her oversight includes food safety, swimming pools, and water attractions. She writes policies and procedures, trains and evaluates local and regional health departments, and has conducted extensive research on the sanitation condition of both indoor and outdoor waterparks. She has been actively involved in revising and updating antiquated health codes for both the design and construction and safety health and maintenance of public pools. Recently, her initiative to provide diaper-changing stations in all pool areas was passed by the
What I Learned at EPHLI
I am thankful for the opportunity to meet and work with such outstanding individuals in the EPHLI and the CDC. Networking with professionals and colleagues from other states gave insight about the commonality we face working in public health. EPHLI was beneficial in providing tools to self-understanding, while concentrating on the big picture. Understanding my personal communication and social style allowed me to focus on strengthening my weaknesses. Using systems thinking illustrated how situations continue to exist and alerted me to objections and limiting processes that affect a current system. Learning how systems work assisted me to develop appropriate interventions for problem solving.
I believe the relationships created this year will be a foundation for future collaborations, and I am fortunate to be a part. EPHLI has proved to be an invaluable experience for me, and I hope many others will be afforded the same opportunity.