Healthy soil workshops, DHS visits, a new intensive outpatient program and more!
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The inside scoop on all Sixteenth Street news and events!
Growing Healthy Soil Workshops yielding healthy impact in community

Lead poisoning persists as a serious issue for our community and patients. A less well-known risk lies in our soil. As many people grow food in their yards and gardens, both children and adults may be at risk for breathing or eating lead in soil. Growing Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities aims to address this issue through a series of workshops that teach people how to improve soil, get free soil tests, learn safe gardening tactics and know where to go for help if there is indeed lead in your soil. Sixteenth Street's Department of Environmental Health is a key player, among many, running the workshops and interventions in our community. In 2015 and 2016, over 180 adults and children participated in the workshops and 65 households were tested and received landscape interventions.
DHS joins Sixteenth Street, the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and other Milwaukee FQHCS for tours and discussion 

 Linda Seemeyer, Secretary, Michael Heifetz, Medicaid Director, Jennifer Malcore, DHS Policy Director and Nick DiMeo, DHS Milwaukee Policy Advisor, joined Sixteenth Street, the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and other Milwaukee health center leaders for a tour and discussion. The DHS visitors toured our Chavez location and had a chance to sit down with our leadership to talk through important issues affecting our work. We thank our DHS visitors for giving this time and attention to our patients and communities. 
Intensive Outpatient Program launched at Sixteenth Street - Waukesha 

Sixteenth Street - Waukesha recently launched an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to further address the opioid epidemic in Waukesha. The program consists of group therapy three times a week, for three hours a session, incorporating intensive support, counseling and medication monitoring. Through the combination of care from both the medical and behavioral health provider, participants receive holistic treatment that fosters long term recovery and success. Participants usually spend four to six weeks in the program, lowering the number of hours they attend as they feel improvement and require less support. 
Sixteenth Street at Ciclovia MKE 2017 featuring the Southside Bike Day

Sixteenth Street joined various local organizations in participating in the 2017 Ciclovia MKE - Open Streets MKE, featuring the Southside Bicycle Day! Our WIC, Healthy Choices, Chronic Care and Insurance Eligibility Advocacy Departments provided information and education, while having a blast walking, dancing and playing in the car-free streets!
The Southside Bicycle Day gave away 1,000 bikes, helmets and locks to kids and adults, encouraging healthy activity, safe biking and community movement!


As of February of last year, I weighed
334 pounds. I now weigh under 300 pounds and lost almost 100 inches (3-5 clothing sizes).

I started this weight loss journey for a few reasons. The first reason is because of the progression of my diabetes and how diabetes has affected my family. My father passed away last year after having had both feet amputated. My mom has diabetes. My brothers have diabetes and are very undisciplined. I am very disciplined. That's the second reason. My discipline and my determination. When I decide to do something I completely commit. When I decided to quit smoking, I just stopped cold turkey and haven't smoked since. It's the same with my weight loss... 
**Sixteenth Street authored column

US Water Alliance: An Equitable Water Future

There are few things as tedious as getting the gym bag ready or pulling on those sneakers for a boring run through the neighborhood. The first few times may be a breeze, but the novelty soon wears off and it's back to just being exercise again.  
Two of the biggest factors   that cause health and fitness resolutions to fly out the window are boredom and a lack of time. But what if the time spent on health and fitness can be combined with fun events that will forge stronger relationships?

Get the Family Involved

There are a number of initiatives that allow family members to have a great experience together that will gently encourage physical activity.  Fishing is a great way to bond
and stay active...

  • Mini Block Build Milwaukee
    • Help homeowners make repairs and improvements to their houses and make a positive impact on the neighborhood
    • To learn more contact Kate Jaeger at 414-897-5184 or visit
  • Pulaski Park Party (and River Cleanup)
    • Looking for 2 volunteers for each of the following time slots
      • Setup 10:30 - 11:00 AM
      • River Cleanup 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Food Setup 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
      • Cleanup 2:00 - 3:00 PM
    • Contact Kate Jaeger at 414-897-5184
Free Pulaski Park Party

Saturday, June 24th
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pulaski Park, Behind the Pavilion
2677 S 16th Street
The KK River is Changing!

Join us to celebrate important changes to the Kinnickinnic River, Pulaski Park and Cleveland Park!

River clean-up
Tour of the KK River
Live Music
Free Food
Input on new improvements coming to the Parks

Growing Healthy Soil Workshops

Saturday, May 20th
Wednesday, June 14th
Wednesday, July 26
Wednesday, August 9th

Click here for specific times and locations.
Lead poisoning is a serious problem in cities. Children and adults are at risk by breathing or eating lead in soil. Since many people grow food in their yards and gardens, it's important to understand the risk for lead in your soil. 

Attend our workshops to learn how to test and improve your soil to make sure it is safer for gardening. The tests are FREE, and you will also learn about composting and safe gardening practices.

Kinnickinnic River Workshops

All workshops are 6:00 - 8:00 PM
at Pulaski Park.

July 6: Water Scientist
July13: Storm Ready
August 10: Canoe Trip

To attend RSVP to Elizabeth 



The river and neighborhood are changing. Come learn about these changes and new ways to enjoy our new river.


These are FREE family-friendly events. Activities for children will be offered. 



KK River Neighbors in Action

Second Wednesday of every month
6:00 PM
Pulaski Park Pool
The KK River Neighbors in Action (NIA) meet monthly with members of the community, local elected officials and other influential partners to discuss and vote on issues they deem important to the neighborhood and take action!
Walking Club
Organized by Latinos por la Salud

Burnham Park (meet at the corner of 35th and Burnham)
Starting June 2nd, 2017
Every Tuesday
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Contact Delia at 414-897-5293

Do you want to stay active and get in shape this summer?

Join us for our community walking club!

We walk for 30 minutes then we do salsa, zumba, aerobics, nia or yoga!

It's a great way to connect with neighbors, have fun and most of all - stay active!

Adult Nutrition and Cooking Classes

Starting June 12th, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Chavez Location

Contact Delia at 414-897-5293
  • Learn how to chose healthier foods at home, in the grocery story or eating out
  • Learn how to develop healthy habits for you and your children
  • Learn how to prepare healthy, affordable and delicious meals

What else do you want to hear about? Send us an email and let us know!
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