City of Milwaukee Health Department Back-To-School Health Fairs
As you know, our Milwaukee Succeeds mission is to: unite our community around a commitment to support strategies that will achieve our shared vision of success for every child, in every school, cradle to career. With our partners we are ensuring that children are prepared to be successful and ready for school. As parents and children gear up for the new school year, The City of Milwaukee’s Health Department along with various Milwaukee Succeeds partners are making sure our children are prepared for school in numerous ways. For example, on August 19 and 26, the City of Milwaukee is hosting its 16th Annual City of Milwaukee Health Department Back-To-School Health Fairs. Our guest this week Heather Puente, Program Manager of Empowering Families of Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee Health Department is here to share information about what the City and key partners are doing to prepare our children and families for a healthy school start.
In addition to providing vaccinations during last year’s fair, children were screened for blood lead levels, provided dental and vision checks, and every child went home with a backpack filled with school supplies. Please share with your networks and spread the word!
Take it away Heather!
See you soon,
I proudly manage one of the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s premier home visiting programs, Empowering Families of Milwaukee (EFM). EFM is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year having provided over 45,000 home visits to more than 980 families throughout Milwaukee. The EFM program is a voluntary, home-based prevention strategy that targets pregnant women and families with young children. Public health nurses and public health social workers provide health teaching, education, and support to families in Milwaukee’s highest risk neighborhoods beginning prenatally until the child is three years old.
EFM’s goals are to promote healthy pregnancy, improve birth outcomes, enhance family functioning, support child health, safety and development and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Having up-to-date immunizations are essential to promoting healthy growth and development of children. With school season just around the corner, the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) will host the City’s 16th annual Back-to-School Health Fairs on Friday, Aug. 19, at North Division High School (1011 W. Center St.) and Friday, Aug. 26, at South Division High School (1515 W Lapham Blvd.). Both events will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The annual Back-to-School Health Fairs offer families an opportunity to get their children ready for a healthy school year. Services at each fair include school-required vaccinations, lead testing, blood pressure checks, and dental screenings. Additionally, there will be 50 community agencies available providing resources and health information to all attendees.
One of the great features of the Back-to-School Health Fairs are the free backpacks and school supplies provided to children with an up-to-date shot record, or those who receive vaccinations and lead testing at the fairs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive gifts and services.
We are thankful to our generous sponsors for their support and to all the organizations providing services and resources at both fairs. The health fairs are presented by the City of Milwaukee Health Department, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in partnership with Children’s Community Health Plan, United Healthcare, Molina Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Independent Care Plan, MHS Health Wisconsin, Milwaukee Urban League and Bunzel’s. Bonus features this year are appearances by Cookie Monster and free haircuts for attendees!
MHD wants all families have access to required vaccinations and health screenings that are essential to keeping schools and our community healthy year round. For more information, call (414) 286-3521 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/health.
We hope to see you there!
Heather Puente, MPH
Empowering Families of Milwaukee
City of Milwaukee Health Department