MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Commissioner of Health Bevan Baker released on Thursday, April 7th the 2015-2016 City of Milwaukee Community Health Assessment. The report provides detailed information in more than 100 measures across 21 core variables on the health status of city residents as well as conditions that impact health.
The findings in the report highlight traditional measures of illness, access to health care, and individual health behaviors. But officials say they also include areas such as income, employment, education, and the built environment that are much more powerful than health care and health behaviors in determining the overall health of communities, neighborhoods, and the city as a whole.
Commissioner Baker said the following in a news release:
"This report presents a snapshot of the health of city residents today. With this information in hand, we will now begin a community health improvement planning process that will result in a community-driven plan for a healthier Milwaukee. This collaborative process will identify priorities and action steps for improving health outcomes in Milwaukee – and will call on partners citywide to come together around key issues."
Over the coming months, the Milwaukee Health Department will convene community members and stakeholders to select priority areas for community-wide action, and then to identify agencies and partners best suited to address these issues. The resulting Community Health Improvement Plan will then be used to guide updates to the MHD strategic plan.