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 nation. 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.
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 is the greatest. Next Door Dental Center and Midtown Clinic serve thousands of Milwaukee children each year.
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.
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.