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Welcome to The Beat, MHD's Public Health Blog!

Stay tuned for regular updates including informative articles, health tips, and engaging stories from our programs and the community we serve. Together, let's build a healthier Milwaukee, one blog post at a time.



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Fighting Racism in Nursing: Jefflyn Brown's Journey to Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Services

Reflecting on my life and career, the song "Against All Odds" by Tupac Shakur comes to mind. His lyrics resonate deeply with my experiences of trials and triumphs. As I step into my new role as Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Services during National Nurses Month, I am reminded of my journey. Joining the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) was not just a career move; it was a commitment to fighting systemic racism and improving the health of my community.


Exploring the Vital Work of the MHD Laboratory: The Precision Behind Community Wellness

Lab Week 2024, running from April 15 through April 19 is a time to celebrate the dedicated MHD employees who play a crucial role in safeguarding the health and well-being of our communities through innovative monitoring and testing.


Celebrating Unsung Heroes: The Impact and Importance of Social Workers in Our Communities

March is recognized as National Social Worker Month, a time to reflect on the tireless efforts of these professionals. This year’s theme, ‘Empowering Social Workers’, resonates deeply with MHD’s team. In this month's edition of The Beat, we'll explore the impacts MHD's team of social workers have on Milwaukee families.


Navigating the Labyrinth of Healthcare Disparities – A Personal Story by Deputy Commissioner Erica Olivier

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Erica. I am a 40-year-old Black woman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, deeply entrenched in the realm of Public Health. My love for my city is unwavering, yet my journey within maternal and child health has exposed the stark realities of health inequities within the Black community.


6 Ways to Prevent Respiratory Illness this Winter

This time of year, respiratory illnesses pose a significant threat to families and communities nationwide. The spike in hospital admissions for COVID-19, flu, and RSV in Milwaukee, particularly impacting infants and seniors, emphasizes the urgency of preventative measures.


Fathers helping fathers: the health department program connecting and supporting Milwaukee dads

Since 2016, the DAD Project has worked to strengthen the bonds between fathers and their children. Through weekly in-home visits and group sessions, the program supports Milwaukee fathers in engaging in early literacy activities, tracking their child’s development, and building a community of fathers.


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