Public Health Nurses and Community Health Screening Technicians provide health screenings, counseling, communicable disease control, and referral to community resources, in a variety settings for infants, children and adults; dental health services; health educators offer health care education programs on a variety of topics; and environmental health services include compliance inspections, complaint investigations, and lead poisoning prevention.
Many health programs are funded through grants provided by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and Social Services.
Community Health Services
The West Allis Health Department provides a generalized public health nursing program as required under Wisconsin Administrative Rules. The Community Health Services Division is staffed by public health nurses, community health technicians, public health specialists and nutritionists. Services are provided to residents across the entire age spectrum. Services are either mandated by the State or as a result of needs identified through the Community Assessment or the Community Health Improvement Plan.
Dental Health Screening
The Dental Health program provides dental screening, education, and preventative care for low income, uninsured children. Preventative care includes the application of sealants and dental varnish on children’s teeth.
Communicable Disease Reports
The West Allis Health Department gathers communicable disease reports. The reports may include Novel Influenza, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Invasive Streptococcus, Latent Tuberculosis, Atypical Tuberculosis and Chronic Hepatitis B.
Lead Screening Data and Lead Poisoning Prevention
Children are routinely screened for lead poisoning when they are approximately 12 months old. The West Allis Health Department screens any children who have not previously been tested. The West Allis Health Department receives lead results on all children in West Allis or West Milwaukee. In 2011, 99.2% of children in West Allis/West Milwaukee had a lead result within normal limits. Only 0.8% of the children had an elevated lead level.
Vision and hearing screening are done for students in select grades in all public and private schools. Screening is also done if requested by parents or school staff.
Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program
West Milwaukee families in need should enroll in our WIC program. WIC staff works with the WM Lion’s Club members to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need.
A public health nurse is available by telephone to answer questions and assist residents with their health concerns and accessing needed care/services.
Home Visits by a Public Health Nurse
We continue to offer free home visits for prenatal care coordination, newborn/postpartum assessment, child development screening, and elderly case management to all West Milwaukee families. We receive referrals to visit families primarily from hospitals, physician offices, school district staff, and individuals themselves wanting public health nursing services.
Public Health Nurses are assigned to public and private schools in West Allis/West Milwaukee to act as a consultant to faculty, staff, parents and students on health issues.
First Breath Program
We initiated a new smoking cessation program, First Breath, for all pregnant women enrolled in our WIC program. Women enrolled in the First Breath program are offered education and support for smoking cessation throughout their pregnancies.
In response to a growing Hispanic population in West Milwaukee and West Allis, the Health Department has trained four (4) Spanish-speaking community members as community health workers. They have partnered with the administration at Pershing Elementary School and work to bridge cultural and language gaps between school district staff and Spanish-speaking families.
This program provides classes, activities and community education to promote healthy options to enable residents to live productive lives.
Environmental Health Services
Environmental Health is a regulatory and licensing agency for food service establishments, public swimming pools, mobile home parks, bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels, school food service programs, recreational/educational camps, tattoo and body piercing establishments, massage establishments, and food vending machine operations. Environmental Health also investigates nuisance complaints (garbage, odors, noise, pollution, etc), housing complaints, rodent and insect infestations, lead based paint hazards, asbestos hazards, human or animal rabies exposure, and other environmental hazards. Environmental Health informs and offers consultation for a variety of environmental health topics such as radon, asbestos, and lead.
The Health Commissioner or his or her agent may enter into and examine any place in the Village of West Milwaukee to ascertain health conditions and may order abatement of the nuisance, if one exists.
The Environmental Health division conducts routine and investigative inspections of all food establishments in West Milwaukee. If you are a business owner thinking about opening a food establishment, the Environmental Health Staff has created a packet to help guide you through the process. If you would like to open a new food establishment, or have a valid food-related complaint you may contact the City of West Allis Environmental Health staff at 414-302-8600, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
All valid food-related complaints will be addressed directly by the City of West Allis Health Department, or forwarded to the appropriate agency for follow up.
For complaints regarding restaurants, grocery stores or other retail establishments, you can file your complaint in two ways;
- Contact the health department at 414-302-8600, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
- Please realize our staff is in the field for portions of the day, it is best to contact them prior to 9:30am, or between 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
- Or, email an Environmentalist (see Environmental Health Staff contact information for email listing.)
Please realize that contact information (your name and a daytime phone number) are required, so that we can obtain the appropriate information prior to an investigation of the complaint. And, to keep you informed of any follow up regarding your complaint.
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