Commissioner of Health, Jeanette Kowalik, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Dr. Jeanette Kowalik has over a decade of progressive public health experience representing the life course. She began her career as an intern at the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD). Jeanette was drawn to public health, so she attended Northern Illinois University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program while maintaining full-time employment in the field. Post completion of her MPH, Jeanette attended the Management Academy for Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; she began her doctorate in health sciences at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee shortly thereafter. Her initial focus was infant mortality disparities among African American and Latinx adolescents; this shifted after she realized the significant gap in research regarding recruitment and retention of the public health workforce. Jeanette completed her coursework and dissertation while working full time for the Wauwatosa Health Department, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Kowalik returned to Wisconsin and served as UW-Madison’s Director of Prevention and Campus Health Initiatives prior to her transition to the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in Washington DC. Jeanette served as the Associate Director of Women’s and Infant Health at AMCHP, a professional membership organization for maternal and child health professionals nationwide. Dr. Kowalik left AMCHP in September of 2018 to return to her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to serve as the Commissioner of Health. She is inspired and motivated to move the MHD forward to maximize community impact. Dr. Kowalik’s diverse set of experiences continues to motivate her to advocate and represent those who are unable to “have a seat at the table.”
Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health, Claire Evers, R.S.
Claire Evers’ interest in public health was ignited with an undergraduate course, Health and the Environment. She was always a very science minded person, loving the environment and the idea of a public health as a career took off. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Geology and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health focused in Disaster Management from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Claire has had a successful career with the City of Milwaukee Health Department for the last 9 years in the roles of Environmental Health Specialist, Consumer Environmental Health Supervisor, and Consumer Environmental Health Division Director. She is a Registered Sanitarian and has experience developing, implementing and evaluating cost-effective and outcome based strategies for the department’s regulatory food and consumer protection programs. She has received national recognition for her work in developing an innovative program to reduce the occurrences of retail food violation in the City of Milwaukee and is experienced in navigating federal, state and local regulations. She has a passion not only to serve the community but also to see those around her succeed though integrity, hard work and dedication. She strives to positively impact the health and wellbeing of those she interacts with on a daily basis and will inspire and encourage others to improve and advance community environmental health.
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