Commissioner of Health
Company: City of Milwaukee - Department of Employee Relation
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Date Posted: February 5 2018
Application Deadline: February 28 2018
Employment Type: Full time
Commissioner of Health
About the Position
The City of Milwaukee is seeking an energetic, proactive public health leader to set the strategic direction of the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) and to provide outcome-based, highly accountable leadership. The Commissioner of Health must be accessible to stakeholders in public health, including staff and policy makers, and must thrive in an environment in which building strong partnerships within the community in support of public health initiatives and services is a priority.
The Commissioner has overall responsibility for public health assessment, policy development and quality control activities associated with the preservation of the public health in the City of Milwaukee. Specifically, the Commissioner of Health provides strategic leadership and direction in assessing community health needs as well as developing and implementing a community health improvement plan, including addressing root causes of poor health and health disparities, preventing and controlling communicable and chronic diseases, promoting reproductive health, healthy child development and school readiness, reducing illness and injury related to the home environment and promoting healthy behaviors and access to health services for all residents.
The Milwaukee Health Department
Since 1867, the City of Milwaukee Health Department has served the residents of the City of Milwaukee, seeking to improve and protect the health of all who live, work and play within the City. One hundred and fifty years later, the MHD remains steadfast in this mission. As the largest local health department in the state of Wisconsin, the MHD now serves nearly 600,000 citizens through direct services, evidence-based programs, partnerships, and policy development. The MHD’s work focuses upon the foundational activities of public health – those actions that local health departments are required to perform - such as communicable disease control, environmental public health inspections and community health assessment and planning.
Alongside these efforts, the MHD works to identify and address health outcomes that disproportionately burden Milwaukee residents. These select issues are those known to have a large-scale impact on health, are supported by substantial data and can be addressed by effective governmental public health mitigation strategies. Locally, the issues that rise to significance include supporting healthy birth outcomes, teen pregnancy prevention, childhood lead poisoning prevention and violence prevention. Across these foundational activities and strategic issues, the goals of MHD activities are to:
- control and prevent disease
- promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan
- ensure safe and healthy living environments and
- support public health planning and policy development.
In 2017, the MHD launched two major initiatives that support these goals: the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan and the Blueprint for Peace Violence Prevention Plan. Both efforts promote a public health approach to addressing key health issues and the social determinants of health. These initiatives provide a solid foundation that furthers the MHD’s mission and represent the type of collaborative, community-based work for which the MHD is known.
An annual budget of approximately $14M, a multidisciplinary team of over 250 public health employees and strong partnerships with private providers, community agencies and educational institutions create an effective framework to monitor, identify and prevent community health hazards, to educate the public about emerging health issues and to enforce laws and regulations to protect health and to ensure safety.
Further information on the MHD, its programs and initiatives, including the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan and the Blueprint for Peace Violence Prevention Plan, can be found on the MHD website: http://city.milwaukee.gov/Health and on the City of Milwaukee Budget Office web page: http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/User/crystali/Budget-Books/2018_Adopted_Budget_Summary.pdf; pp. 91-102.
A. The minimum requirements for a Level III local health officer are established by Wis. Stat. § 251.06 (1) (c). Chapter 17-02 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances confers the duties of health officer upon the Commissioner of Health. Accordingly, qualified candidates must possess one the following (i.e. 1, 2 or 3a, 3b or 3c).
- A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field and three years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
- A bachelor’s degree and 16 graduate semester credits towards a master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field and five years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
- A license to practice medicine and surgery under ch. 448 and at least one of the following:
a. Three years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
b. Eligibility for certification by the American board of preventive medicine in public health or general preventive medicine.
c. A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field.
d. Notwithstanding pars. (a) to (c), relevant education, training, instruction, or other experience that an applicant obtained in connection with military service, as defined in s. 111.32 (12g), counts toward satisfying the requirements for education, training, instruction, or other experience to qualify as a public health officer if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the education, training, instruction, or other experience that the applicant obtained in connection with his or her military service is substantially equivalent to the education, training, instruction, or other experience that is required to qualify as a public health officer.
B. A Valid driver’s license at the time of appointment to the position and throughout employment.
How to Apply
Application Link: https://www.jobaps.com/MIL/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=1801&R2=5866&R3=001
Application Procedure: Interested individuals must complete the online application and supplemental questions and must attach a cover letter and resume to the application. Transcripts and copies of licenses and/or certifications that demonstrate that a candidate meets the minimum requirements must be submitted with the application or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application closing date.
- APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting, http://city.milwaukee.gov/jobs.
- If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or email@example.com.
- The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.