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
Agendas/Minutes — In the "Meeting Body" drop down menu, select "Board of Health", and then the year you are looking for, and then "search".
Statements and Resolutions from our Board of Health
- Assessing Childhood Lead Poisoning Risk from Middleton Municipal Airport, December 2022
- Access to Reproductive Healthcare Position Statement, September 2022
- County Resolution 157 Response, September 2021
- Fluoridation of Public Drinking Water Policy Statement, Updated August 2020
- Immunization Policy Position Statement, January 2020
- Consumption Recommendations for Raw Milk to Minimize Dairy Associated Foodborne Illness, Updated May 2019
- Resolution in Support of Increased Maternal and Child Health Funding and Equitable Access to Doula Services in Dane County, March 2019
- Resolution to Sign on to Wisconsin Public Health Association Declaration that Racism is Public Health Crisis, December 2018
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
- 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's currently 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, among several other activities. 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 Matt Phair
Alder Matt Phair has eight years of experience on both the Common Council and our Board of Health. He has spent most of his professional career in public education, most recently as an 8th grade social studies teacher in Mt. Horeb. Alder Phair lives in the west side 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.