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MKE COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall


Feb 10, 2021 05:30 PM

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Marlaina Jackson, MPA
Interim Commissioner @City of Milwaukee Health Department
As a Milwaukee native, Commissioner Jackson began her healthcare career working for Aurora Family Services as a Prenatal Care Coordination home visitor. Marlaina worked for Froedtert Hospital for 15 years prior to the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) where she held various leadership roles involving organizational change management and leadership of various operational projects and teams. Her last role was Director of Patient Relations and Guest Services. In April of 2020, Marlaina began her journey with MHD and has quickly “hit the ground running” as the Deputy Commissioner of Community Health. She has managed the school, child care, and religious/faith-based sector COVID-19 guidance, provision of webinars, and the COVID-19 safety plan process. Marlaina developed and implemented the MKE Cares Mask Outreach and Distribution plan. In addition to these key COVID-19 accomplishments, Commissioner Jackson created the MHD Outreach/Partner Model to connect with the community.
Heather Paradis, MD, MPH
Deputy Commissioner of Medical Services @City of Milwaukee Health Department
Dr. Heather Paradis is a pediatrician and public health professional whose career has focused on preventive services and community-based connections for children and families. Dr. Paradis is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. She completed pediatric residency training and a 3-year fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY, obtaining a Masters of Public Health Degree. Dr. Paradis’ health services research has focused on preventive service delivery for vulnerable children and families, including maternal-child home visiting and community-based services. Since 2015, Dr. Paradis has been a medical director at Children’s Wisconsin. During that time, she has championed trauma-informed care, led system-wide efforts around social determinants of health, and advanced concepts of health equity.
Julia Means, RN
Nurse & Board Member @City of Milwaukee Board of Health
As a Community Health Ministry Nurse, she touches countless lives everyday through her faith-based work promoting education around chronic disease management, food security, infant mortality in our community and health navigation. Through Mean’s tireless work and dedication, she has made an incredible impact on many in the community. By combining her nursing skills and her faith, she created an innovative collaboration with church congregations, city officials, homeless shelters, neighborhood centers, community partners and programs to create the “Blanket of Love” program in 2004. The program connects participants to resources that can help lower stress, support wellness and eliminate the two most preventable causes of infant death in Milwaukee: premature births and unsafe sleeping environments.