Dr. John Bartkowski Department of Environmental Health

Transforming Milwaukee’s Near South Side Environment


What We Do

The Department of Environmental Health focuses on initiatives designed to improve the community’s environmental, physical, social and economic well-being.

These include:

How We Do It

The Department’s passionate, bilingual staff brings a deep commitment and understanding of how environmental and social factors contribute to the community’s health and vitality. Our staff’s ability to communicate complex urban environmental challenges to a diverse, bilingual audience is fundamental to our successful community outreach and engagement. Partnerships with a broad array of community stakeholders allow us to develop and implement mutually beneficial, long-term impactful initiatives.

The Department was established in 1997 to extend the reach of Sixteenth Street beyond the walls of its clinic recognizing that personal and community health are heavily influenced by the environmental conditions in which its client population lives. Today, the Department’s innovative programs and strategic partnerships are transforming the environment in which Milwaukee’s near south side residents live, work learn and play, leading the way in the environmental, physical, economic and social transformation on the near south side of Milwaukee.

The Dr. John Bartkowski Department of Environmental Health is named in honor and recognition of Dr. John Bartkowski, previous President and CEO of Sixteenth Street, and his leadership over and development of Sixteenth Street’s Environmental Health Department. He has been influential in the restoration of the Menomonee Valley, revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River Neighborhood and the current restoration of the Harbor District. Dr. Bartkowski spearheaded the establishment of the comprehensive lead poisoning prevention efforts that are currently testing over 6,400 children a year and providing families with in-home lead education, screening and intervention services to reduce the negative impact childhood lead poisoning has on Milwaukee’s south side community. Dr. Bartkowski’s vision and impact on the environment and community are lasting and immeasurable.

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Office Location:

Greenfield Location
Lower Level
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Phone number:

Contact Jamie Ferschinger at (414) 897-5598 for more information or to arrange a personal or group tour.