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Job Title: Commissioner of Health
Job Number:
Organization: City of Milwaukee
Posted: 2/1/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Milwaukee,  WI    USA
Compensation: $117,980-$165,166
Position Description: The City of Milwaukee is seeking an energetic, proactive public health leader to set the strategic direction of the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) and to provide outcome-based, highly accountable leadership. The Commissioner of Health must be accessible to stakeholders in public health, including staff and policy makers, and must thrive in an environment in which building strong partnerships within the community in support of public health initiatives and services is a priority.

The Commissioner has overall responsibility for public health assessment, policy development and quality control activities associated with the preservation of the public health in the City of Milwaukee. Specifically, the Commissioner of Health provides strategic leadership and direction in assessing community health needs as well as developing and implementing a community health improvement plan, including addressing root causes of poor health and health disparities, preventing and controlling communicable and chronic diseases, promoting reproductive health, healthy child development and school readiness, reducing illness and injury related to the home environment and promoting healthy behaviors and access to health services for all residents.

Qualifications: The City of Milwaukee is seeking an energetic, proactive public health leader to set the strategic direction of the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) and to provide outcome-based, highly accountable leadership. The Commissioner of Health must be accessible to stakeholders in public health, including staff and policy makers, and must thrive in an environment in which building strong partnerships within the community in support of public health initiatives and services is a priority.

The Commissioner has overall responsibility for public health assessment, policy development and quality control activities associated with the preservation of the public health in the City of Milwaukee. Specifically, the Commissioner of Health provides strategic leadership and direction in assessing community health needs as well as developing and implementing a community health improvement plan, including addressing root causes of poor health and health disparities, preventing and controlling communicable and chronic diseases, promoting reproductive health, healthy child development and school readiness, reducing illness and injury related to the home environment and promoting healthy behaviors and access to health services for all residents.

Organization Description: The Milwaukee Health Department

Since 1867, the City of Milwaukee Health Department has served the residents of the City of Milwaukee, seeking to improve and protect the health of all who live, work and play within the City. One hundred and fifty years later, the MHD remains steadfast in this mission. As the largest local health department in the state of Wisconsin, the MHD now serves nearly 600,000 citizens through direct services, evidence-based programs, partnerships, and policy development. The MHD’s work focuses upon the foundational activities of public health – those actions that local health departments are required to perform - such as communicable disease control, environmental public health inspections and community health assessment and planning.

Alongside these efforts, the MHD works to identify and address health outcomes that disproportionately burden Milwaukee residents. These select issues are those known to have a large-scale impact on health, are supported by substantial data and can be addressed by effective governmental public health mitigation strategies. Locally, the issues that rise to significance include supporting healthy birth outcomes, teen pregnancy prevention, childhood lead poisoning prevention and violence prevention. Across these foundational activities and strategic issues, the goals of MHD activities are to: •control and prevent disease •promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan •ensure safe and healthy living environments and •support public health planning and policy development.

In 2017, the MHD launched two major initiatives that support these goals: the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan and the Blueprint for Peace Violence Prevention Plan. Both efforts promote a public health approach to addressing key health issues and the social determinants of health. These initiatives provide a solid foundation that furthers the MHD’s mission and represent the type of collaborative, community-based work for which the MHD is known.

An annual budget of approximately $14M, a multidisciplinary team of over 250 public health employees and strong partnerships with private providers, community agencies and educational institutions create an effective framework to monitor, identify and prevent community health hazards, to educate the public about emerging health issues and to enforce laws and regulations to protect health and to ensure safety.

Further information on the MHD, its programs and initiatives, including the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan and the Blueprint for Peace Violence Prevention Plan, can be found on the MHD website: http://city.milwaukee.gov/Health and on the City of Milwaukee Budget Office web page: http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/User/c rystali/Budget- Books/2018_Adopted_Budget_Summary.pdf; pp. 91-102.

Closing Date: 5/1/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Flowers Nash II,  Commissioner of Health
Contact Location: 200 East Wells St
Rm. 706
Milwaukee   WI  53202
United States
Contact Location: 200 East Wells St
  Rm. 706
  Milwaukee   WI  53202
  United States
Contact Phone: 414-286-5024 
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Contact Email: fnash@milwaukee.gov
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