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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Protect your family from lead exposure by getting lead safe! Lead exposure can occur through lead-based paint, drinking water, soil and other materials. What can you do?

Get Lead Safe in Three: Visit Lead-Safe Milwaukee

Find Lead Poisoning Prevention Information & Resources


Milwaukee's Blueprint for Peace

Violence is a public health issue. To coordinate and guide a public health approach to violence prevention, Milwaukee's Blueprint for Peace serves as a comprehensive, community-driven agenda for addressing the complex factors that drive violence. Find the full report here.


MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan

Developed with input from residents and stakeholders, the city's first community-driven health improvement plan responds to issues selected by our community, for our community to address. Find the full plan and how to get involved here


Synthetic Cannabinoids/K2

Synthetic Cannabinoids, also known as "fake weed" or "K2,"are unsafe. These products contain various chemicals, some containing rat poison.Do not use these products! If you have used these products and you experience bleeding or unexplained bruising, call 911 immediately. Even if you do not experience bleeding or bruising, seek medical attention.

Cold Weather Safety


The week of January 28 was historic for the City of Milwaukee, region, and state as we experienced extreme cold weather. This level of cold posed a real threat to the safety and well-being of Milwaukeeans.


The Milwaukee Health Department, along with other health departments in the area have planned for public health emergencies such as this for over a decade. MHD monitors extreme cold temperatures with the National Weather Service, and issues cold-weather health alerts and advisories. Being prepared ahead of cold weather can help you stay safe and healthy all winter.


Call 211 for information about places to stay warm, including emergency shelter options that are available year-round. or, text zip code to: TXT-211

Click here for information including locations of warming centers and cold weather safety tips.


National Weather Service Extreme Cold Weather information and health hazards.


We Energies

Contact 800-662-4797 for outages

Outage Map


Available City of Milwaukee Hospital Emergency Department Extreme Cold-Related Injuries Surveillance information January 28, 2019 to February 1, 2019

Hypothermia - 3

Frostbite - 43

Cold Exposure - 13


Carbon monoxide Health Department staff tracks and follows up on suspected carbon monoxide exposure/poisoning reported through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS).

Resources and Programs

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Commissioner of Health

Jeanette Kowalik, PhD, MPH, MCHES


Phone: 414-286-3521
Fax: 414-286-5990