Unifying Public Health Services: Greenfield and West Allis Merge to Form Southwest Suburban Health Department

Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments

The Greenfield Health Department and West Allis Health Department have agreed to merge, forming the Southwest Suburban Health Department. This collaboration aims to unify public health services for the communities of West Allis and Greenfield as announced in a press release on March 27. The common councils of both cities have approved the merger, creating a single entity to provide more efficient and comprehensive public health services.

The new 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 be provided by both cities and state health grants. Mayor Dan Devine of West Allis highlighted the collaborative history between the two departments, expressing the benefits of formalizing their approach through the new department. He believes it will allow them to strategically and effectively meet the needs of the public.

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

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