In 2019, the City of Milwaukee 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 Leadership
Ruthie Burich-Weatherly, Board President
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. Email | LinkedIn
Ericka Sinclair, Board Vice-President
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. Email | LinkedIn
Board of Health Members
Director of Patient and Community Engagement at Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. Prior to working at Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Gomez-Tom’s work focused on benefit enrollment and was a critical part of Milwaukee winning the 2015 Healthy Cities Challenge by enrolling over 38,000 individuals in health coverage. Email | LinkedIn
Executive Director of UniteMKE, a non-profit that trains and supports Community Health Workers and connects community health programs with data and evaluation opportunities. Email | LinkedIn
Alderwomen Chantia Lewis
Ninth District Alderwoman, member of the Public Safety & Health Committee, and sponsor of the ordinance creating the Board of Health. Email | LinkedIn
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. Email
Ian B. K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ian Martin is System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor with Tenure of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert (FRAYD-tert) and Medical College of Wisconsin Health System. Before this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.
Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann School of Medicine (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore—where he also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Martin has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care globally—with emphasis on East Africa—through program development, investigative research, and direct clinical care.
Dr. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for Emergency Department-based HIV and hepatitis C testing and acute care disease burden epidemiology in developing countries. His research and other Global Health-related initiatives have culminated in a host of publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Martin has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions.
Recognized for his leadership, and now serving as Immediate Past-President, Dr. Martin recently completed a term as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)—the premier association representing researchers and educators in Emergency Medicine. Before that, he completed a one-year term each as President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. Dr. Martin is also the founder and a Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy. In 2020, Dr. Martin was appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee to the City of Milwaukee Board of Health for an indefinite term. He is the 2018 recipient of the Marcus L. Martin, M.D. Leadership Award—a prestigious award given by SAEM’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin was recently named recipient of the 2020 Drexel University College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award as well as of the 2020 Georges Benjamin, M.D. Award for excellence in education, service, and research by the National Medical Association’s Emergency Medicine Section.
Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
Executive Director of MENTOR Greater Milwaukee. Prior to MENTOR Greater Milwaukee, Ramey served as the Director of the Department of the Black and Latino Male Achievement for Milwaukee Public Schools. LaNelle is an advocate for mental health and wellness for youth/teens. Email | LinkedIn
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. Email | LinkedIn