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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Milwaukee City Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Improve access to basic human needs such as healthy & affordable food, and safe & affordable housing

Objective:Create a local, sustainable food system and increase demand for healthy food

Strategies:

  • Develop a citywide food system policy and action agenda
  • Continue Healthy Eating and Active Living Environment (HEALE) projects
  • Support Nutrition and Quality Council to provide education to food pantry employees about healthy food donation and preparation
  • Improve health education to increase demand for fresh and healthy food
  • Strengthen emergency food system that ensures nutritious food

Objective: Foster economic development of businesses that sell healthy food in underserved neighborhoods

Strategies:

  • Establish a Food Trust Model in Milwaukee creating a flexible city fund to address food access
  • Develop other retail outlets as sources of fresh food

Objective: Increase farmers' market, community, and individual garden utilization

Strategies:

  • Expand awareness of use of SNAP funds at farmers' markets
  • Expand acceptance of EBT benefits at all farmers' markets

Objective: Increase safe housing environments

Strategies:

  • Provide free home repairs to low-income homeowners
  • Provide weatherization products and energy conservation
  • Support City's sale of tax foreclosed properties to low income residents
  • Support the City's landlord training program
  • Maintain Strong Neighborhood Loan Program
  • Maintain Compliance Load Program offering qualified home owners interest-free, deferred payment loans to repair code violations

Objective: Increase and encourage positive youth engagement

Strategies:

  • Strengthen quality and coordination of mentorship and after school/summer programs
  • Bolster school-based violence and trauma prevention and community schools' initiatives

Goal: Improve access to and quality of education

Objective: Advocate for a sustainable funding model that supports high-quality early childhood education

Strategies:

  • Reduce the State-imposed per-pupil revenue gap that exists between pupils in Milwaukee Public Schools and students in surrounding communities to ensure equal revenue per pupil across Wisconsin
  • Advocate for full funding for all-day 4K programming by allowing school districts to count each child in all-day K4 programming as a full 1.0 FTE of funding
  • Advocate for funding for K3 programming
  • Advocate for an increase in the amount of State funding to meet the growing costs of bilingual education

Objective: Improve family environments and quality of early learning to foster healthy child development

Strategies:

  • Promote early childhood home visitation and positive parenting programs
  • Strengthen preschool enrichment with family engagement
  • Refund/Create Family Resource Centers in MPS schools and neighborhood centers

Objective: Increase and encourage positive youth engagement

Strategies:

  • Strengthen quality and coordination of mentorship and after school/summer programs
  • Bolster school-based violence and trauma prevention and community schools' initiatives

Goal: Improve access to employment that provides family-supporting wages and benefits

Objective: Develop and promote neighborhood businesses that hire local residents

Strategies:

  • Continue to refine sector strategies and improve and coordinate business services to support employers
  • Use new and existing financing resources to expand business development and spur job creation
  • Make neighborhoods more desirable for housing and business development by reducing the number of foreclosed and vacant properties
  • Increase job training, skill enhancement, and educational opportunities by fostering partnerships between state agencies and nonprofit community groups
  • Create incentives and improve employer readiness to hire and retain those facing accessibility barriers and remove barriers for jobs
  • Create opportunities for local entrepreneurship and economic development

Objective: Increase access to and awareness of job training, skill enhancement, and educational opportunities

  • Collaborate to implement cross-program strategies to ensure there are "no wrong doors" for job seekers who navigate the talent development system
  • Continue and expand Employ Milwaukee's Youth Workforce Investment Activities
  • Work with system partners to align workforce development and education programs and resources
  • Support minimal level of proficiencies necessary to allow individuals to be successful in job training programs
  • Continue and expand workforce development partnerships as well as internship, job shadowing, summer job programs for high school and college students
  • Develop ladders of advancement for Milwaukee youth and Milwaukee Entrepreneurs
  • Advocate for the expansion of the State of Wisconsin transitional jobs program
  • Increase coordination of youth job programs to link higher need youth to subsidized jobs and supportive services (strengthen employability and earn income concurrently)
  • Integrate financial education with employment services to improve economic opportunities for low to moderate income communities

Objective: Advocate for local and state policies that increase wages and benefits

  • Strategies TBD

Objective: Expand financial literacy and security education

  • Strategies TBD

Objective: Improve family environments and quality of early learning to foster healthy child development

Strategies:

  • Promote early childhood home visitation and positive parenting programs
  • Strengthen preschool enrichment with family engagement
  • Refund/Create Family Resource Centers in MPS schools and neighborhood centers

Objective: Increase and encourage positive youth engagement

Strategies:

  • Strengthen quality and coordination of mentorship and after school/summer programs
  • Bolster school-based violence and trauma prevention and community schools' initiatives

Goal: Improve access to basic human needs such as healthy & affordable food, and safe & affordable housing

Objective:Create a local, sustainable food system and increase demand for healthy food

Strategies:

  • Develop a citywide food system policy and action agenda
  • Continue Healthy Eating and Active Living Environment (HEALE) projects
  • Support Nutrition and Quality Council to provide education to food pantry employees about healthy food donation and preparation
  • Improve health education to increase demand for fresh and healthy food
  • Strengthen emergency food system that ensures nutritious food

Objective: Foster economic development of businesses that sell healthy food in underserved neighborhoods

Strategies:

  • Establish a Food Trust Model in Milwaukee creating a flexible city fund to address food access
  • Develop other retail outlets as sources of fresh food

Objective: Increase farmers' market, community, and individual garden utilization

Strategies:

  • Expand awareness of use of SNAP funds at farmers' markets
  • Expand acceptance of EBT benefits at all farmers' markets

Objective: Increase safe housing environments

Strategies:

  • Provide free home repairs to low-income homeowners
  • Provide weatherization products and energy conservation
  • Support City's sale of tax foreclosed properties to low income residents
  • Support the City's landlord training program
  • Maintain Strong Neighborhood Loan Program
  • Maintain Compliance Load Program offering qualified home owners interest-free, deferred payment loans to repair code violations

Objective: Promote fair housing policies

Strategies:

  • Advocate for anti-eviction policies for pregnant women