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City of Milwaukee Health Department partners with businesses, community groups to give children a healthy start to the school year

The event is part of Milwaukee Child Health Week, which runs August 10-17 and is designed to promote the importance of access to a medical provider and encourage parents to assure basic health services for children, including immunizations.

By - Aug 9th, 2012 05:07 pm

MILWAUKEE— The City of Milwaukee Health Department in partnership with United Healthcare, BMO Harris Bank, Children’s Community Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee (proud partner of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin) will launch Milwaukee’s twelfth annual Back to School Health Fair tomorrow at South Division High School (1515 W. Lapham Blvd) and expects to serve at least 5,000 children with free immunizations and health services, to assure them a healthy start this school year.

The event is part of Milwaukee Child Health Week, which runs August 10-17 and is designed to promote the importance of access to a medical provider and encourage parents to assure basic health services for children, including immunizations. A second large health fair will take place on Friday, August 17 at North Division Campus, located at 1011 W. Center Street.  Both health fairs run 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

“It is my hope that parents take advantage of these events to give their children a healthy start for the school year,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker.  “We’re offering immunizations and lead tests, but we’re also here to answer questions about WIC, BadgerCare and health topics.  This is a great opportunity for families to make a commitment to their health and obtain the tools to do so.”

“On behalf of the entire city, I’m grateful to our sponsors for making these health fairs possible,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.  “We want our children to be strong, healthy, and ready to learn so that they have a bright future ahead for the school year and beyond.”

Milwaukee children must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive gifts and services.

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