John Bartkowski Department of Environmental Health


Transforming Milwaukee's near south side environment.

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.

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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.

The KK River Neighbors in Action (KKRNIA) is a grassroots community group that brings neighbors together to tackle and advocate for projects that will improve the quality of life and transform the built and natural environment within the Kinnickinnic River neighborhood.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM in the Pulaski Park Pavilion
2677 S. 16th Street

Health Equity Summit:
Empower a Healthier Milwaukee



We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our rescheduled 2020 Health Equity Summit; Empower a Healthier Milwaukee due to COVID-19 related precautions and restrictions around large gatherings. We appreciate your interest and are disappointed that it will not take place as planned.
We will be holding a Health Equity Summit in the spring of 2021 that will include the previously planned conversation on empowerment along with other dynamic topics under the broader umbrella of health equity innovation. Although we plan to hold the 2021 Summit in person, we acknowledge the significant uncertainties we face and are prepared to adapt quickly if needed.


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

Director of Environmental Health
Jamie Ferschinger



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