MKE Elevate



MKE Elevate: A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)



Welcome to MKE Elevate, a community-driven agenda for elevating the health and well-being of Milwaukee residents.

Supported by the Mayor, the Board of Health, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) responds to priority issues selected by our community, for our community, and seeks to create shared priorities to address these issues. Together we can elevate the health of all who call Milwaukee home.

What Comes Next? 

Final 2023-2028 MKE Elevate priorities have been selected, based on our Community Health Assessment data and community input from over 2,000 surveys, 86 photo submissions, and feedback at 4 community meetings. Through July 2023, we will continue identifying strategies and action steps for the 2023-2028 plan.


Overarching Priority: Racism and Health Equity

Our Vision: Currently under revision for 2023-2028 cycle 


Safe and Supportive Communities

Maternal and Child Health

Built Environment

  • Interpersonal and intimate partner violence
  • Crime and neighborhood safety
  • Reckless driving and motor vehicle crashes 
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Healthy birth outcomes
  • Reproductive healthcare access
  • Nutrition 
  • Maternal mental health
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Access to healthy food

2023-2028 Community Health Improvement Plan Timeline:

March-April: PIE staff take Q1 meeting feedback to start drafting SMARTIE goals and strategies
April: Steering committee reviews draft SMARTIE goals and strategies and finalizes mission statement, charter, and shared language
May: Action teams review draft SMARTIE goals and strategies, identify implementation partners
June: Public input on draft plan to identify any remaining implementation partners
July: Steering committee approves final draft
August and Beyond: Implementation, alignment, and tracking of goals and strategies



 MKE Elevate Priorities Circle Graphic                    

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Register for Upcoming Meetings

MKE Elevate Community Meeting (in person at Washington Park Library) 

Thursday, June 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm 

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Built Environment Action Team  

Thursday, August 17, 10:00am to 11:30am  

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Maternal and Child Health Action Team (via Zoom)

Thursday, August 17, 4:00pm to 5:30pm  

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Safe and Supportive Communities Action Team  

Tuesday, August 22nd, 10:30am to 12:00pm  

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Identify how your work aligns to our Vision and Priority Action Areas


 Vision: Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods


Determine the level of engagement you would like in the CHIP process

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 If you are interested in discussing further how your organization can collaborate with MHD in the CHIP process, we would love to hear from you! You can email us at   [email protected] to set up an informational meeting with the team. We look forward to hearing how our work can align to make the most significant, equitable impact on our Milwaukee community. 




Recording of Fall Community Meeting

In the fall of 2022, community members had the opportunity to weigh in on our 2023-2028 priorities through a series of meetings. Below is a recording of the virtual meeting held November 1, 2022. Meetings include a brief presentation of our Community Health Assessment, results of the Priority Issue Survey and Photo Voice campaign, and small group discussions to prioritize top issues. For links to the materials shared at this meeting, please visit our November 1st Virtual Meeting Page.

Action Teams

MKE Elevate Action Team members come from all areas of the Milwaukee community through their neighborhoods and their organizations. Action Team membership is open to all who are interested in elevating the health and wellbeing of our Milwaukee community. Action Teams meet quarterly throughout the year and focus on the three Priority Action Areas: 

Built Environment

Maternal and Child Health

Safe and Supportive Communities




Steering Committee

MKE Elevate reconvened the Steering Committee in Fall of 2020. The Steering Committee is comprised of MHD partners who are aligned with the work of the Priority Action Areas in MKE Elevate. Steering Committee members are essential to propelling the implementation and evaluation process of MKE Elevate forward. 

Meet the 2023-28 Steering Committee! 


Data & Reports

Local data on health outcomes and results of community resident and key stakeholder surveys during the planning process of MKE Elevate from 2017-2021.


MKE Elevate 
City of Milwaukee Health Department
841 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
[email protected] 

If you have any questions about the redevelopment, implementation, or evaluation of MKE Elevate or want information about how to become involved with the work of MKE Elevate, please e-mail us at [email protected]


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