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Bevan K. Baker, former Milwaukee Commissioner of Health.

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Aldermen urge further interviews in Health Department investigation
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Aldermen urge further interviews in Health Department investigation

News release from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski

Council approves creation of special deputy health commissioner position
Press Release

Council approves creation of special deputy health commissioner position

News release from Alderman Tony Zielinski

City-County Plan Targets Opioid Epidemic

City-County Plan Targets Opioid Epidemic

300 opioid overdoses in county last year. Task force proposes eight focus areas.

Murphy’s Law: Why Fire-Police Chief Was Axed
Murphy’s Law

Why Fire-Police Chief Was Axed

FPC botched police chief search and nice guy Mayor Barrett decided to get tough.

City Hall: McManus Lays Out Three Priorities for Health Department
City Hall

McManus Lays Out Three Priorities for Health Department

Baker issues a statement defending his actions. Are city hospitals going to close?

City Hall: Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader
City Hall

Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader

Returns file to the council unsigned, opens door to approval of McManus.

City Hall: Will Mayor Confirm Health Commissioner?
City Hall

Will Mayor Confirm Health Commissioner?

Newly-appointed Patricia McManus still needs confirmation.

City Hall: HUD Halts City Lead Treatment Program
City Hall

HUD Halts City Lead Treatment Program

Barrett requested review; temporary stop work order cites possible lead hazards.

Murphy’s Law: Mayor Barrett’s Power in Decline?
Murphy’s Law

Mayor Barrett’s Power in Decline?

Council taking more power, mayor taking a beating.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Appoints McManus Interim Health Leader
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Appoints McManus Interim Health Leader

She'll be interim commissioner. Says city's failure to send letters about lead was "deliberate."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Withdraws Nannis Nomination
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Withdraws Nannis Nomination

Interim Health Dept leader at issue, as City Hall infighting hits new highs.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Report Finds Health Dept. Problems
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Report Finds Health Dept. Problems

Records missing for 30 homes with lead problems. Funding, staff reductions an issue.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Could Reject Interim Health Leader
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Could Reject Interim Health Leader

Eight aldermen question legality of Nannis appointment to run Health Department.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Responds to Lead Crisis
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Responds to Lead Crisis

Following Health Dept fallout, nine bills introduced to address lead poisoning issues.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Grills Mayor, City Health Staff
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Grills Mayor, City Health Staff

Tense meeting with unprecedented scrutiny of mayor and few answers from staff.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Launches Health Dept. Probe
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Launches Health Dept. Probe

In wake of Bevan Baker's ouster, council investigating Barrett administration decisions.

Commissioner Baker’s departure leaves us all with many, many questions
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Commissioner Baker’s departure leaves us all with many, many questions

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - January 16, 2018

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Ousts Bevan Baker Over Lead Fiasco
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Ousts Bevan Baker Over Lead Fiasco

Failure to notify families of lead-poisoned children at issue; aldermen outraged.

Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC) to Hold Press Conference After Announcement Of Firing Health Commissioner Bevan Baker
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Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC) to Hold Press Conference After Announcement Of Firing Health Commissioner Bevan Baker

"...What FLAC wants to hear is when is the City going to release data regarding lead blood testing of Milwaukee infants..."

Drug-Related Deaths To Hit 420 in 2017

Drug-Related Deaths To Hit 420 in 2017

Police targeting opioid suppliers. City-County Task Force struggles to hold meetings.

Common Council Strengthens Lead Standards

Common Council Strengthens Lead Standards

But Health Department leaders contend it doesn't really change how they operate.

Poverty Driving Epidemic of Childhood Trauma

Poverty Driving Epidemic of Childhood Trauma

Particularly potent in Milwaukee, with 40% of children below poverty line, experts note.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Long Awaited Safety Plan Gets Attacked
Eyes on Milwaukee

Long Awaited Safety Plan Gets Attacked

A blueprint for change or too vague and hard to understand? Council members wrangle.

Advocates Push City On Lead Pipes

Advocates Push City On Lead Pipes

City may not know which homes own lead laterals, which action to take.

Lead Poisoning a “Public Health Crisis”

Lead Poisoning a “Public Health Crisis”

Health Department official says lead laterals must be replaced, but resources lacking.

Men’s Group Takes on Sex Trafficking

Men’s Group Takes on Sex Trafficking

Raising awareness of problem at local barber shops.

Toy Guns Risky for Black Families?

Toy Guns Risky for Black Families?

Annual walk spotlights danger of kids with toy guns encountering police.

A Call for Clean Water

A Call for Clean Water

Community leaders push city to rid Milwaukee's water of lead.

Milwaukee Stands with Planned Parenthood
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Milwaukee Stands with Planned Parenthood

The gathering comes the day before the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements.

Campaign Urges Breast Cancer Checkups

Campaign Urges Breast Cancer Checkups

Black, Hispanic women have lower survival rates, should seek care sooner.

Medical Society of Milwaukee Announces 2017 Award Winners
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Medical Society of Milwaukee Announces 2017 Award Winners

Health Commissioner Bevan K. Baker among recipients; Annual event proceeds to benefit Meta House

Milwaukee Public Schools releases results of water quality testing
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Milwaukee Public Schools releases results of water quality testing

The sampling began in June 2016 and two independent, state-certified firms conducted the analysis.

Mayor Barrett Encourages Residents to Familiarize Themselves with Cold Weather Safety Information
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Mayor Barrett Encourages Residents to Familiarize Themselves with Cold Weather Safety Information

Proper precautions are necessary to stay safe and healthy all season long

Drug mail-in initiative will make it easy to dispose of unused meds
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Drug mail-in initiative will make it easy to dispose of unused meds

Multifaceted first-of-its-kind in the nation city partnership aimed at opioid and heroin epidemic; includes CVS Pharmacy, MMSD, City of Cudahy, DOJ, DEA, US Bank and USPS

Mayor Barrett Launches Violence Prevention Planning Process
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Mayor Barrett Launches Violence Prevention Planning Process

Comprehensive planning process aimed at reducing violence, guiding citywide investment begins

Final session in series of special Public Safety Committee meetings set for Monday
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Final session in series of special Public Safety Committee meetings set for Monday

The effort is part of a larger Common Council initiative to engage community members, civic leaders and police in combatting the epidemic of criminal activity in the City of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission Releases 2016 Mid-Year Report
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Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission Releases 2016 Mid-Year Report

Report presents analysis of 2016 homicides and non-fatal shootings in the first half of the year

Murphy’s Law: State Drags Feet On Lead-Tainted Water
Murphy’s Law

State Drags Feet On Lead-Tainted Water

Its program underfunds Milwaukee while pushing for upgrades that residents can't afford.

Mayor Barrett Appoints New Director of the Office of Violence Prevention
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Mayor Barrett Appoints New Director of the Office of Violence Prevention

Reggie Moore to lead efforts to address root causes of violence, build communitywide response

Tainted Water: Madison Replaced All Lead Pipes

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $100

Tainted Water: Madison Replaced All Lead Pipes
Tainted Water

Madison Replaced All Lead Pipes

Nation's first city to do so, at cost of $19.4 million, can Milwaukee follow suit?

Watching Over the City’s Health

Watching Over the City’s Health

Health Commissioner Bevan Baker has had success, but says much more is needed.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation to honor community leaders Nov. 12
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Greater Milwaukee Foundation to honor community leaders Nov. 12

The awards will be presented Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Foundation’s annual Lunch with the President event.

Sherman Park Residents Decry Vacant Properties

Sherman Park Residents Decry Vacant Properties

Issue dominates town hall meeting held by Ald. Russell Stamper

Closing of MU’s Neighborhood Health Center Lamented

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $25

Closing of MU’s Neighborhood Health Center Lamented

Closing of MU’s Neighborhood Health Center Lamented

Marquette-run, near north side center had 500 clients, many struggling to find health care.

Second annual Walk-A-Thon at Siefert School Tuesday
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Second annual Walk-A-Thon at Siefert School Tuesday

Siefert Elementary School’s Second Annual Walk-A-Thon will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Infrastructure Improvements at Milwaukee’s Linnwood Water Treatment Plant
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Infrastructure Improvements at Milwaukee’s Linnwood Water Treatment Plant

Water safe to consume and use during construction as filtration and disinfection processes remain in place

Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday
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Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday

Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 4.

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Barrett’s Birthday Party

The mayor's celebration is 11 days late. And Lakefront Brewery shatters its record for annual barrels manufactured.

City and Churches Campaign for Safe Sleeping

City and Churches Campaign for Safe Sleeping

Renewed effort targets co-sleeping, which causes 20% of infant deaths.

Targeting Black Infant Mortality

Targeting Black Infant Mortality

Despite disagreements, groups working on problem are making progress.

Milwaukee Area Sees Decrease in Flu-Related Emergency Department Visits
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Milwaukee Area Sees Decrease in Flu-Related Emergency Department Visits

City of Milwaukee Health Department continues to monitor seasonal flu activity and urges residents to help prevent the spread of flu

Flu Activity Increasing in City of Milwaukee
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Flu Activity Increasing in City of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee Health Department urges residents to protect their health as seasonal flu activity remains widespread

Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births
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Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births

Through outreach and education efforts, city announces progress in meeting 2015 goal.

Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath
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Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath

City of Milwaukee partners with local faith communities to reduce infant deaths.

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