Improving access to primary care for children

Many Wisconsin children live in neighborhoods with limited access to health care. We are working with residents, schools, community groups and other partners to change this.

We want Wisconsin to have the healthiest kids in the country. Health outcomes for children in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, must be improved to achieve this goal.

Milwaukee children and their families need convenient access to primary care services that can help prevent illness and manage chronic health conditions. We have established clinics and created programs that reach these children where they live, learn and play.

Primary care

We offer primary care clinics throughout southeast Wisconsin. Several of these clinics are in Milwaukee neighborhoods where there were too few care providers to meet the needs of residents. Downtown Health Center and Next Door Pediatrics serve the primary care needs of Milwaukee children. In addition, two new primary care clinics opened in partnership with the College of Nursing at Marquette University in 2013 – at COA Goldin Center and Northside YMCA – and serve the needs of children and their care providers.

Dental care

Because good oral health contributes to overall health, we are committed to ensuring Milwaukee children have access to dental care. We operate two dental clinics in Milwaukee neighborhoods where the need for pediatric dental services was the greatest. Next Door Dental Center and North Avenue Dental Center serve thousands of Milwaukee children each year.

School nurses

School nurses have direct contact with children on a daily basis during the school year. They provide screenings, monitor chronic health conditions and connect children and their families with community resources. Our School Nurse Program works with school staff to implement a comprehensive school health program that includes health education; health, nutrition and counseling services; a healthy and safe environment; physical education; a healthy staff; and family and community involvement.

Adolescent health

As they change physically, emotionally and socially, adolescents can face some unique health challenges. Our Adolescent Health Program provides these young adults with primary care, acute and chronic illness management, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy tests and family planning. Physicians and staff also serve adolescents at the Milwaukee County Detention Center.