Board of Health

Both the City of Madison and Dane County governing bodies recognize the Board of Health. The Board provides oversight and guidance for Public Health Madison & Dane County.

The Board’s work focuses on:

  • Providing policy, financial and contractual oversight for the health department
  • Reviewing and recommending public health policies and regulations
  • Assuring that state and local public health laws and regulations are enforced
  • Recommending community public health priorities

Board of Health Meetings

Agendas/Minutes — In the "Meeting Body" drop down menu, select "Board of Health", then the year you are looking for, and then "search".

Statements and Resolutions from our Board of Health

Board of Health Members

Our Board of Health is made up of:

  • One County Board Supervisor
  • One Common Council member
  • Three Dane County residents
  • Three City of Madison residents

Appointments to the Board of Health are made following the guidelines set forth by Wisconsin State Statutory References for Local Boards of Health (Chapters 251.03 & 251.04)

Dr. Jerry Halverson, Chair

Dr. Halverson is a Psychiatrist and practices in Madison and Oconomowoc. He is the Medical Director of Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc and adjunct Clinical Faculty of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. He has been involved in Public Health initiatives through his involvement with the Dane County and Wisconsin Medical Societies and the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. Dane County resident.

Robin Lankton, 1st Chair

Robin is the Director of Population Health at UW Health. She earned her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and Bixby Certificate in Population and Reproductive Health from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2006. Robin is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has primarily worked with African American and Latinx communities in Los Angeles and Madison around the topics of maternal and child health, HIV and immunizations. Her areas of interest include community health improvement, systems change, collaborative partnerships and supporting the conditions for all people to have the best opportunity to live well and thrive.  City of Madison resident.

Dr. Gene Musser, 2nd Chair

Dr. Gene Musser is a retired cardiologist, having practiced at Meriter Hospital, the last 20 years employed by the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and School of Medicine and Public Health, of which he's Emeritus Associate Professor (Clinical). He has in the past been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Physicians Plus Medical Group and Insurance Corp, the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, and Meriter Health Services. He was a member of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board for ten years, and a Chair for three years. He's formerly Chair of the Council on Legislation of the Wisconsin Medical Society, a member of the League of Women Voters, and Co-Chair of the group Fitchburg Progress. Dane County resident.

Supervisor Holly Hatcher

Supervisor Hatcher is a Registered Nurse and an active community member. She serves on nursing committees and councils through her employer, volunteers as a longtime mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, is a delegate to the State Democratic Party, and serves as representative for her Assembly District for the Dane County Democrats Executive Board.

She currently works as a nurse at UW Hospitals and Clinics. She is passionate about supporting and caring for her patients and is proud to work along side so many talented healthcare professionals.Her priorities are to build on our community support systems, protect the health and safety of our citizens, help families succeed, protect our natural resources, and work to create an equitable community for all to live and thrive. County Board Supervisor.

Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole

Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole has over two decades in the healthcare & medical devices manufacturing field and has spent years serving people experiencing homelessness. Her experience working with families in strife offers her a perspective on the critical issues we face together. Alder Figueroa Cole lives in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood of Madison. Common Council member.

Ceri Jenkins

Ceri Jenkins manages planning, health equity coordination, and data analytics in support of the COVID Testing and Vaccination Programs on the State’s COVID crisis response team. She has served as the Co-Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project and as a liaison to several networks connecting higher education to city government, coordinated the Working Poor Families Project, the Evidence-Based Healthy Policy Project at UW Madison’s Population Health Institute, and served as a Program Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. City of Madison resident.

Vacant seat

Dane County resident.

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