Matt Martinez

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Will High Court Prevent Disabled From Voting?

Will High Court Prevent Disabled From Voting?

People who can’t use hands or feet can’t cast absentee ballot unassisted, as lower court ruling requires.

Women of Color Would Be Most Impacted by Roe Reversal

Women of Color Would Be Most Impacted by Roe Reversal

Planned Parenthood data shows majority of abortions in Milwaukee County went to women of color.

414Life Plans New Initiative To Disrupt Violence This Summer

414Life Plans New Initiative To Disrupt Violence This Summer

Project will train residents, provide resources and programming in seven neighborhoods.

What You Need to Know About Infant Formula Shortage

What You Need to Know About Infant Formula Shortage

What’s causing shortage, where to find supplies, how to keep your family safe.

Gwen Moore Bill Adds Doulas, Midwives to Medicaid

Gwen Moore Bill Adds Doulas, Midwives to Medicaid

Mamas First Act would require state Medicaid programs to cover doula, midwife services.

Sixteenth Street Health Centers Get AmeriCorps Staff

Sixteenth Street Health Centers Get AmeriCorps Staff

Nonprofit will receive over $374,000 to fund 13 full-time AmeriCorps staffers.

Many Lack Mental Health Services, Survey Finds

Many Lack Mental Health Services, Survey Finds

Survey of county by Milwaukee Health Care Partnership finds access to care a major issue.

Muslim Health Center Serves 4,500 Patients Per Year

Muslim Health Center Serves 4,500 Patients Per Year

Located at 803 W. Layton Ave., offers clinical and behavioral health services.

COVID-19 Antibody Study Seeks Volunteers of Color

COVID-19 Antibody Study Seeks Volunteers of Color

Study seeks to assess levels of immunity and extent of COVID-19 infection in local communities.

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Still Free? Yes

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Still Free? Yes

Questions and answers on vaccines, including where to get them.

Health Justice Group Surveys Residents Near Ascension St. Joseph

Health Justice Group Surveys Residents Near Ascension St. Joseph

Community groups lobbying hospital not to cut back services.

Trees, Green Space Reduce Strokes, Study Finds

Trees, Green Space Reduce Strokes, Study Finds

Milwaukee study finds residents living near green space 19% less likely to have strokes.

8,000 People At Risk of Utility Shutoffs

8,000 People At Risk of Utility Shutoffs

State’s ban ended April 15. What you need to know, how to get help.

Spring Cleaning? Where to Donate the Stuff

Spring Cleaning? Where to Donate the Stuff

A long list of places may repair, reuse, resell or redistribute household items.

Two Prenatal Care Groups Help Young Fathers

Two Prenatal Care Groups Help Young Fathers

Partnership’s philosophy: If dad is not okay, mom and the household won’t be.

Children’s Wisconsin Opens Mental Health Walk-In Clinic

Children’s Wisconsin Opens Mental Health Walk-In Clinic

Clinic will provide same-day mental health services for children 5 to 18 years old.

MKE County: Mental Health Emergency Center’s Opening Delayed
MKE County

Mental Health Emergency Center’s Opening Delayed

Partnership of county and four major health systems pushes opening to September, cites need to hire specialized staff.

Where Mayoral Candidates Stand On Issues

Where Mayoral Candidates Stand On Issues

How Johnson, Donovan would handle crime, lead poisoning, housing, jobs, education, city pensions.

Child Care Center Offers Health and Wellness Program

Child Care Center Offers Health and Wellness Program

Malaika Early Learning Center, 125 W. Auer St. serves pre-K to third grade children.

Changes Coming to Medicaid Enrollment

Changes Coming to Medicaid Enrollment

Recipients can sign up for alerts to changes in their insurance plans.

Cavalier Johnson Plans Focus on Jobs

Cavalier Johnson Plans Focus on Jobs

Mayoral candidate wants to grow city’s population, economy, employment.

Milwaukee’s Ukrainian Community Gathers at South Side Church

Milwaukee’s Ukrainian Community Gathers at South Side Church

A world apart, Milwaukee's Ukrainian community organizes medical supplies for the war.

Infant Formula Recall Worries Parents

Infant Formula Recall Worries Parents

Questions and answers, health concerns after recall of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.

Performance Art Project Examines Pregnancy During Pandemic

Performance Art Project Examines Pregnancy During Pandemic

Milwaukee Repertory Theater gathers stories from mothers around the country.

City Has Most Cases of Syphilis in 20 Years

City Has Most Cases of Syphilis in 20 Years

441 cases in 2021 versus 183 in 2020. Especially affecting women of child-bearing age.

Running Rebels Adds Physical Fitness Program

Running Rebels Adds Physical Fitness Program

Grant from Kohl’s funds program to promote healthy living.

Clinic Expands Primary Care In Underserved Communities

Clinic Expands Primary Care In Underserved Communities

Findley Foundation Clinic on W. Capitol Drive is accepting new primary care patients.

Insurers Ending Full Coverage For COVID-19 Treatment

Insurers Ending Full Coverage For COVID-19 Treatment

Report says 75% no longer waiving co-pays and cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment.

Church Offers Free Mental Health Services

Church Offers Free Mental Health Services

‘Jesus and therapy will meet the need’ at Invisible Reality Ministries, 2700 N. 54th St.

City Sees Surge in Syphilis Cases

City Sees Surge in Syphilis Cases

Number for 2021 higher than combined total for 2016 through 2019.

10 Health Centers Offering COVID-19 Tests

10 Health Centers Offering COVID-19 Tests

Many locations in city. No health insurance required.

The Zen Den Opens in Washington Park Neighborhood

The Zen Den Opens in Washington Park Neighborhood

New center for meditation, art therapy and sound therapy.

UCC Works to Address Alzheimer’s

UCC Works to Address Alzheimer’s

United Community Center’s Latino Geriatric Center targets the problems.

Where To Find Mental Health Resources

Where To Find Mental Health Resources

More than 20 different groups in town offer help.

How to Stay COVID-Free For Holidays

How to Stay COVID-Free For Holidays

6 things you can do to protect yourself and others.

How To Save on Winter Energy Costs

How To Save on Winter Energy Costs

Weatherization programs can save you a lot of money.

Exercise Program Helps Women Process Trauma

Exercise Program Helps Women Process Trauma

Restorative Justice In Movement, at Turner Hall, recruits women of color impacted by incarceration.

Will Gun Safety Consortium Impact City?

Will Gun Safety Consortium Impact City?

Residents hope gun deaths will decline as Milwaukee joins national group.

Health Department Bringing Vaccine Clinics to Local Schools

Health Department Bringing Vaccine Clinics to Local Schools

Health department running clinics to vaccinate children ages five to 11.

Enrollment Open for Affordable Care

Enrollment Open for Affordable Care

Federal ACA’s marketplace now open, allowing people to sign up for health insurance plans.

Seeking Black Males To Teach Children

Seeking Black Males To Teach Children

Only 2% of nation's teachers are Black men. Next Door's Jeremy Walton wants to change that.

Latinx Medical Students Doing COVID-19 Outreach

Latinx Medical Students Doing COVID-19 Outreach

Going to south-side churches, fairs, festivals with information about the disease and vaccines.

Clinic Helps Kids With Behavioral Issues

Clinic Helps Kids With Behavioral Issues

Partnership between Penfield Children’s Center and Marquette University provides psychiatric services to children.

Milwaukee Counselors and Psychologists Work to Prevent Black Youth Suicides

Milwaukee Counselors and Psychologists Work to Prevent Black Youth Suicides

About one in 10 Black youths in the state report having attempted suicide.

Hmong Leaders Keeping Community Informed About COVID-19

Hmong Leaders Keeping Community Informed About COVID-19

Leaders are translating medical jargon and using existing community infrastructure.

Program Eliminates Silos Between Health Care and Social Services

Program Eliminates Silos Between Health Care and Social Services

Creators say it makes communication between professionals and with residents more efficient.

Local Resources For Help With Addiction

Local Resources For Help With Addiction

These resources provide connection to treatment and support groups.

North Side Doctor Cares for Her Community

North Side Doctor Cares for Her Community

Madelaine Tully saw that community centers needed doctors. So she became one.

Vaccination of North Side Youth Lags Behind County Average

Vaccination of North Side Youth Lags Behind County Average

High school students discuss the vaccine, hesitancy and school during COVID-19.

Local Orgs Join State to Remove Lead from Milwaukee Homes

Local Orgs Join State to Remove Lead from Milwaukee Homes

Social Development Commission and Habitat for Humanity will assist in renovation of 150 homes.

Here’s Help If You Lost Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Here’s Help If You Lost Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

State and local resources to get help, find jobs.

Group Gives Single Moms a Helping Hand

Group Gives Single Moms a Helping Hand

HOPE Network for Single Mothers provides "baby starter kits,” helps mothers get jobs, education.

Mental Health Resources for Students in Milwaukee

Mental Health Resources for Students in Milwaukee

With the pandemic ongoing, and school resuming, students may need mental health support.

New Grant Funds Free Condom Program

New Grant Funds Free Condom Program

414ALL has distributed 1 million condoms since 2014, but faces funding challenge.

Pandemic Caused Fewer People To Seek Cancer Screenings

Pandemic Caused Fewer People To Seek Cancer Screenings

Doctors urge people to resume getting screened, accessing medical care.

Boys & Girls Club Adding Mental Health Centers

Boys & Girls Club Adding Mental Health Centers

A federal grant will fund eight centers. Non-profit is partnering with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Health Care Officials Report Surge in Eating Disorders

Health Care Officials Report Surge in Eating Disorders

Diagnoses of eating disorders have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite retirement, Dr. Howard Fuller’s Work Isn’t Over

Despite retirement, Dr. Howard Fuller’s Work Isn’t Over

The storied educator is still working with students, trying to make a difference in their lives.

Counselors Offer Guidance on Breast Feeding

Counselors Offer Guidance on Breast Feeding

Milwaukee’s WIC program provides counseling for 821 women annually.

Health Commissioner Says Lead Crisis is Top Priority

Health Commissioner Says Lead Crisis is Top Priority

Commissioner Johnson said she can fix department's troubled lead program.

Arnitta Holliman Is Fighting Violence with Love

Arnitta Holliman Is Fighting Violence with Love

The director of the Office of Violence Prevention wants to heal people to stop violence.

Program Helps Those With Prostate Cancer

Program Helps Those With Prostate Cancer

MCW targets Black men, who are 60% more likely to get prostate cancer.

Clinic Treats the Uninsured

Clinic Treats the Uninsured

Bread of Healing Clinic makes sure healthcare is never out of reach for patients.

Syphilis Cases Up 300% in Milwaukee

Syphilis Cases Up 300% in Milwaukee

Once nearly eliminated, syphilis is 'back with a vengeance.'

How Expanded Child Tax Credit Helps Families

How Expanded Child Tax Credit Helps Families

At least $3,000 per child per year credit. There’s still time to sign up for pandemic benefit.

Center Offers New Approach to Mental Health

Center Offers New Approach to Mental Health

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center’s techniques draws on Native American culture.

Reggie Moore’s Calling Has Always Been His Community

Reggie Moore’s Calling Has Always Been His Community

The former director of the Office of Violence Prevention is still working for a safer Milwaukee.

Hospital May Open Grocery Store

Hospital May Open Grocery Store

Ascension Saint Joseph hosting mobile market, considering permanent food store.

36,000 Getting Help With Utility Bills

36,000 Getting Help With Utility Bills

State Energy Assistance Program distributes over $21 million to help pay utility bills.

Where To Get COVID-19 Vaccine in Milwaukee

Where To Get COVID-19 Vaccine in Milwaukee

Here is a list of COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

New Central City Vaccine Clinics

New Central City Vaccine Clinics

Residents in 53206 and 53210 ZIP codes can get COVID-19 vaccines at 8 walk-in clinics.

Fired Deputy Health Commissioner Questions Her Ouster

Fired Deputy Health Commissioner Questions Her Ouster

Dr. Griselle Torres was one of two department leaders fired when Commissioner Kirsten Johnson took over.

Clinic Offers Holistic Health Care

Clinic Offers Holistic Health Care

Shalem Healing offers Harambee residents acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and primary care.

Froedtert, MCW Warn of Vaccine Phone Scam

Froedtert, MCW Warn of Vaccine Phone Scam

Callers claiming to be from health network asking for financial information.

City Hall: Leadership Shakeup at Health Department
City Hall

Leadership Shakeup at Health Department

Two top officials pushed out by new city Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson.

Remembering a Pillar of Milwaukee’s Muslim Community

Remembering a Pillar of Milwaukee’s Muslim Community

Shaykh Ayyub Al-Amin devoted his life to Islam and the city's Muslim community.

Pay What You Can For Fresh Produce

Pay What You Can For Fresh Produce

At Greater Good(s) MKE, 5205 W. North Ave., some pay less, some more than listed price.

Ignace Center Offers Special Vaccine Program

Ignace Center Offers Special Vaccine Program

Teams with state health department this week to get the Native American community vaccinated.

9 Tips on Health Insurance Marketplace

9 Tips on Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment period has begun for Affordable Care Act. Here’s how to do it

Two Groups Win Grants to Address Domestic Violence

Two Groups Win Grants to Address Domestic Violence

UMOS and The Asha Project both win $125,000 grants to address variety of issues.

How to Get Food Share Benefits

How to Get Food Share Benefits

Biden’s executive order expands benefits. 5 things you need to know.

Hunger Task Force Targets Food Deserts

Hunger Task Force Targets Food Deserts

Mobile Markets makes two stops every week day bringing fresh, affordable foods to neighborhoods.

How To Avoid Stimulus Check Scams

How To Avoid Stimulus Check Scams

Beware of emails, texts asking for personal information. Experts offer a list of tips.

Health Workers Get Lessons in Empathy

Health Workers Get Lessons in Empathy

Milwaukee AHEC creates Community Health Workers Training Program.

What’s It Like to Get COVID-19 Vaccine?

What’s It Like to Get COVID-19 Vaccine?

Five healthcare workers share their vaccine stories.

Have You Gotten New Stimulus Payment?

Have You Gotten New Stimulus Payment?

Who qualities and everything you need to know about second federal stimulus payment.

New Program for Lead-Poisoned Children

New Program for Lead-Poisoned Children

Medical College of Wisconsin program seeks improved response to kids testing positive.

Child Mental Health Center Plans Expansion

Child Mental Health Center Plans Expansion

STRONG is moving to a new location where it can serve more children.

Local Resources Help Disabled Voters Cast Ballots

Local Resources Help Disabled Voters Cast Ballots

City offers curbside voting and machines designed for people with vision, hearing, physical disabilities.

Where to Get A Flu Shot in Milwaukee

Where to Get A Flu Shot in Milwaukee

Health officials strongly encourage getting a flu vaccination.

Boys & Girls Clubs Close 6 Locations

Boys & Girls Clubs Close 6 Locations

Families lost childcare following closures.

County Officials Confront Surge In Suicides

County Officials Confront Surge In Suicides

Rise linked to pandemic. Health officials grappling with the problem.

St. Joseph’s Opens Maternity Emergency Department

St. Joseph’s Opens Maternity Emergency Department

Department will treat pregnancy complications. Ascension wants to improve maternal health disparities.

Meet the Man Behind ‘Milwaukee in Pain’

Meet the Man Behind ‘Milwaukee in Pain’

Documentary, “Milwaukee In Pain,” by Theo Rogers explores how COVID-19 has affected the Black community.

‘Complete Streets’ Projects Focus on Health and Safety

‘Complete Streets’ Projects Focus on Health and Safety

In 2019, majority of projects were completed in areas with economic disparities.

City Behind on Replacing Lead Pipes

City Behind on Replacing Lead Pipes

As of Aug. 10, only 333 service lines to homes replaced with copper, yearly goal is 1,100.

Mexican Fiesta Organizers Make 45,000 Masks

Mexican Fiesta Organizers Make 45,000 Masks

Pandemic forces festival to cancel, organizers use the time to produce free masks for the community

Ascension St. Joe’s Adds Four Physicians

Ascension St. Joe’s Adds Four Physicians

Hospital increases staff to address ‘primary care desert’ on North Side.

Milwaukee Youth Council Takes Action

Milwaukee Youth Council Takes Action

With members from every aldermanic district, group allocates funding to mental health services.

Tips for Mental Health During Pandemic

Tips for Mental Health During Pandemic

Local psychologists share ways to cope during difficult times.

Black Lives Matter Has LGBTQ+ Voices

Black Lives Matter Has LGBTQ+ Voices

Two of local movement’s founders who identify as queer say it's also about LGBTQ+ Black lives.

Scaling Language Barriers in Fight Against COVID-19

Scaling Language Barriers in Fight Against COVID-19

Healthcare workers are finding ways to better communicate to city's Spanish-speaking residents.