June 13, 2024

The Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments Unveils the Southwest Suburban Health Department: A Commitment to Improved Public Health Services through Cooperation and Shared Resources

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Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments

The merger of the Greenfield Health Department and West Allis Health Department has resulted in the formation of the new Southwest Suburban Health Department. This union aims to provide more efficient and comprehensive public health services for the communities of West Allis and Greenfield, as announced in a press release on March 27. Both cities’ common councils have approved the merger, creating a unified entity to deliver public health services.

The Southwest Suburban Health Department will operate under 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. Mayor Dan Devine of West Allis highlighted the collaborative history between the two departments, stating that formalizing their approach through the new department will allow them to strategically and effectively meet the needs of their residents. He believes that this merger will lead to a more streamlined and focused delivery of community and environmental health services.

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke also emphasized the advantages of merging public health departments, stating that it will lead to a more comprehensive delivery of community and environmental health services for all residents served by the department. The creation of the Southwest Suburban Health Department signifies a commitment to improving public health services in the region through cooperation and shared resources.

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