African American infants die at a higher rate than white infants, in Milwaukee and across the nation. Author Tonya Lewis Lee addressed the issue at a recent luncheon hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee.
A new training program in urban medicine offered by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health sent a medical student to the Bread of Healing Clinic in Lindsay Heights and another to the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Clarke Square last year. Now the two students have chosen to complete their three-year residencies in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.
With the completion date set for June 2012, ground was broken for the Mitchell Street Market Lofts on Oct. 6. The complex, to be built on the corner of W. Mitchell St. and S. Muskego Ave., will feature two-bedroom apartments and a year-round farmers market, which will replace the current market.
A new satellite facility of the Urban Ecology Center, to be built on the site of an old tavern on the 3700 block of W. Pierce Street, will offer neighborhood schoolchildren and residents a place to learn about the environment. On a recent weekday, dignitaries, children and local residents gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Urban Ecology Center’s (UEC) Menomonee Valley Branch.
Organic food grown in Alice’s Garden has hit the shelves of two corner stores in Lindsay Heights. While customers initially have had mixed reactions to the produce, advocates emphasize that the initiative is one important step in developing a healthy mindset in the community.