New Southwest Suburban Health Department Brings Together Communities for Enhanced Public Health Services

Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments

The Greenfield Health Department and West Allis Health Department are coming together to form the new Southwest Suburban Health Department. The merger aims to provide more efficient and comprehensive public health services to the communities of West Allis and Greenfield, as announced in a press release on March 27.

The creation of this unified entity was approved by both common councils, who believe it will allow them to strategically and effectively meet the needs of their residents. The Southwest Suburban Health Department will be governed by an intergovernmental agreement for a five-year term, with a joint board of health overseeing its operations. Funding for the department will come from both cities and state health grants.

West Allis Mayor Dan Devine highlighted the collaborative history between the two departments, expressing his excitement about formalizing their approach through the new department. He believes that it will allow them to strategically and effectively meet the needs of their residents, leading to a more streamlined delivery of community and environmental health services.

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke also emphasized the advantages of merging the public health departments, stating that it will lead to a more focused delivery of community and environmental health services to all residents served by the department. This commitment to cooperation and shared resources signifies a commitment to improving public health services in the region.

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