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Board of Health 

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 


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Marylyn Ranta, MD, Board President

retired 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 included addressing social determinants of health and advocating for effective vaccine policy. Email 

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Caroline Gomez-Tom, Board Vice-President

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

Board of Health Members


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Ruthie Burich-Weatherly

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

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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. Email | LinkedIn

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Alderwomen Chantia Lewis

9th District Alderwoman, member of the Public Safety & Health Committee, and sponsor of the ordinance creating the Board of Health. Email | LinkedIn

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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 

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LaNelle Ramey

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

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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. Email | LinkedIn

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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

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Contact Us

Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway, 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

(414) 286-3521

Board of Health Initiatives 

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