It is with mixed emotions we announce the departure of long-time Coalition Coordinator Emily Dieringer. She has accepted a position with Beaver Dam Community Hospital as a Community Health Policy Advocate working with the Blue Zones Project in Dodge County. As a Winnebago County Health Department employee she has served as Coalition Coordinator on and off since 2008. She led the state-wide smoke-free air law efforts within the County in 2008-2010, coordinated the expansion of the coalition’s work to include healthy eating, active living, and mental health initiatives identified by the Community Health Improvement Plan, and worked diligently to make it safer and easier for residents to walk and bike. She was also the coalition’s “resident graphic designer,” ensuring the structure model of the coalition was fitting for the partners and their work.

Emily represented Winnebago County and re:TH!NK in numerous regional and statewide groups and initiatives include the Fox Cities/Oshkosh Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Weight of the Fox Valley’s Active Communities Action Team, and healthTIDE’s Active Communities Team. She was a founding member and helped create the Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance and worked with a team from across the state to develop Wisconsin Active Together.

Thank you Emily for your 11 years of working with partners and residents to improve the health of Winnebago County!