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The Wavemaker Summit is a day dedicated to learning critical skills, taking action, and building relationships. Learn skills that will propel your work forward. Connect with smart, passionate people who are dedicated to improving health in Wisconsin. Walk away feeling inspired with new insights, knowing that you are a part of a team and connected to something bigger. 

Our objectives: 

  • Build connections and foster relationships

  • Center the voices of those most impacted by health inequities

  • Learn new skills and build capacity to accelerate action in local communities

Theme: Meaningful Community Engagement

At healthTIDE, we're constantly working hard to ensure we're working WITH community groups and leaders to create innovative, collaborative solutions to addressing the health inequities faced by Wisconsin communities. From our community panel, to keynote speaker, to our breakout session, and to networking opportunities--how to engage meaningfully with partners and communities will be a strong focus throughout the day!

Learn skills that will propel your work forward. Connect with smart, passionate people who are dedicated to improving health in Wisconsin. Walk away feeling inspired with new insights, knowing that you are part of a team and connected to something bigger.


Youth led Solutions to Creating Healthier Communities -- why is it imperative that youth are empowered to realize change

  • Shelbi Jentz - Healthy Kids Collaborative of Dane County

  • Annie Potter - Madison East High School

  • Madison East High School Students

  • Erica Koepsel - Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH)

Local Data for Action -- what resources exist to tap into the best, most relevant data

  • Hilary Joyner - UW Madison Population Health Institute / Wisconsin Health Atlas

  • Karen Odegaard - UW Madison Population Health Institute / County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

  • Sam Dennis - Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture / Environmental Design Lab

Placemaking -- why place matters, and how it affects health

  • Tony Giron - Harbor District, Inc.

  • Kelly Ryan - Incourage

  • Bill “Nąąwącekǧize” Quackenbush - Ho-Chunk Cultural Resources Division

State Updates and Policy -- What might the policy landscape be looking ahead in 2019-2020

  • Nicole Hudzinski - American Heart Association

  • Tim Nikolai - American Heart Association

  • Sara Finger - Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health

  • William Parke-Sutherland - Kids Forward

Equity -- how to build equity into our work

  • Alia Stevenson - Board Member of the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

  • ananda mirilli - Independent Consultant


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Guy Reiter

Executive Director of Menīkānaehkem, Menominee Rebuilders

Menominee Community Organizer

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Lisa Peyton Caire
Lisa Peyton Caire
Founder & President, The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness
Founder & President, The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness
Mai Zong Vue
Mai Zong Vue
Board President,
The Hmong Institute
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Tatiana Maida
Healthy Choices Department Manager, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Community Panel Video


Emily Dieringer Reible
Community Health Strategist at Winnebago County Health Department; re:TH!NK, Winnebago
Kristie Rauter-Egge
Community Health Planner/Health Promotion Supervisor; Wood County Health Department


Our keynote speaker for the 2019 Wavemaker Summit is... Andre Lee Ellis of We Got This Milwaukee as our Wavemaker Summit Keynote! 

Andre Lee Ellis is the founder and executive director of We Got This. Mr. Ellis is most proud of his work as a urban community gardener. His organization is working to turn negative statistics into positive outcomes in the 53206 zip code in Milwaukee. 

His favorite quote is: "I don't have to be the Birth Dad to be their Earth Dad. I am the Earth Dad!"

Learn more about his work and organization below, but start with this excellent in-depth Journal Sentinel article here.



Andre Lee Ellis & We Got This

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Andre Lee Ellis
Founder and Executive Director, We Got This Milwaukee

Keynote Video


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Summit Planning Committee 

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Ashley Deering

Marathon County Health Department

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Brenda Leigh


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Dadit Hidayat

Kids Forward

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Danielle Nabak


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Erica Flint
Gwenetta Adesuyi

Kwik Trip

Obesity Prevention Initiative (UW); School of Human Ecology

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Jari Xiong

healthTIDE; Obesity Prevention Initiative (UW)

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Jessica Spade

Wisconsin Local Food Network

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Kelsey Heindel
Kris Krasnowski

Medical College of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

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Sarah Wright

United Way Fox Cities

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Yvonne Greer

Y-EAT Right

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Susan Krahn

Eau Claire Healthy Communities/Eau Claire City-County Health Department

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Tatiana Maida
Vanessa Statam

16th Street Community Health Centers

Anesis Marriage and Family Therapy

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