Board of Health
In 2019, the City of Milwaukee Health Department reestablished it's Board of Health. The nine member governing board is responsible for advising the department on priorities, taking public stances on public health policy issues, and being champions for public health in Milwaukee.
Board of Health Members
Ruthie Burich-Weatherly, currently works as a PrEP education consultant, and the founder of LetsPrEPWI, a social media tool for PrEP advocacy and awareness. Ruthie is a volunteer and board member at BESTD Clinic. She has worked for a variety of HIV/AIDS centered organizations such as Minnesota AIDS Project, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Health Department in the 12 years she has worked in HIV/HCV/STD prevention.
Caroline Gomez-Tom, who recently joined Sixteenth Street Health Center. Gomez-Tom’s work at Covering WI was a critical part of Milwaukee winning the 2015 Healthy Cities Challenge by enrolling over 38,000 individuals in health coverage.
Bria Grant, Executive Director of UniteMKE, a non-profit that trains and supports Community Health Workers and connects community health programs with data and evaluation opportunities.
Alderwomen Chantia Lewis, 9th District Alderwoman, member of the Public Safety & Health Committee, and sponsor of the ordinance creating the Board of Health.
Julia Means, RN, Parish & Community Health Nurse for Ascension Health-St. Mary’s. Means created the Blanket of Love program for new and expectant mothers, offering pre- and post-natal support and education for new mothers and their families.
LaNelle Ramey, Director of the Department of the Black and Latino Male Achievement for Milwaukee Public Schools. Prior to MPS, Ramey worked to support and connect Milwaukee at New Concept Self Development Center, the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. LaNelle is an advocate for mental health and wellness for youth/teens.
Marylyn Ranta, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Ranta is a pediatrician who has worked in private practice as well as public health. Her work at Children’s includes addressing social determinants of health and advocating for effective vaccine policy.
Ericka Sinclair, Founder and CEO of Health Connections Inc. Ericka’s nearly 20 years in public health includes laboratory research; training patients and providers to navigate healthcare systems; managing clinical care - especially primary care for vulnerable populations including transgender clients - as well as disease prevention and interventions.
Wujie Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Professor Zhang’s research work includes drug delivery and nanotechnology applications for cancer treatment. He is an advocate for health equity for LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized populations.