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Who We Are

We're the local health department for Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin. With a staff of more than 160 people, we serve over 540,000 people in more than 60 cities, villages, and towns. 

Our Vision

Healthy People. Healthy Places.

Our Mission

Working with the community to enhance, protect, and promote the health of the environment and the well-being of all people.

Executive Leadership Team

Janel Heinrich, MPH, MA
Director – Public Health Madison & Dane County

Kate Austin Stanford, MPH, MPA
Director – Operations Division

Bonnie Koenig, MPH/EH, RS
Director – Environmental Health Division

Carl Meyer, MPH
Director – Community Health Division

Aurielle Smith, MPH
Director – Policy, Planning & Evaluation Division


What We Do

Our work essentially breaks down into three main categories:

  • Protecting your health
  • Protecting our environment
  • Working with community partners to improve health and prevent health inequities.
Providing health care services to keep you and your family healthy

We do things like:

  • Give immunizations
  • Screen for and treat sexually transmitted infections
  • Provide support to have a healthy pregnancy

Most services are free or low cost and insurance is not needed.

Preventing injury and illness where you live, learn, work, and play

We do things like:

  • Test water quality at local beaches to let you know if it’s safe for swimming
  • Inspect restaurants to be sure the food you eat is safe
  • Make sure wells provide safe drinking water and septic systems don’t harm the environment
Doing the long-term work of changing systems to improve the health of all

We work with community partners on issues like:

  • Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use
  • Violence
  • Food security

These issues can impact health outcomes and quality of life that many of us take for granted.

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You Are Welcome Here

We strive to treat everyone equally and respectfully. That means we provide services regardless of race, color, gender/gender expression, ability, religion, sexual orientation, place of birth, or citizenship.