Program Description: 
Like other U.S. cities, Milwaukee Wisconsin’s transportation corridors prioritize vehicular traffic, resulting in reduced safety and increased death/injury for bicyclists and pedestrians. Residents desire improved and safer sidewalks, bike lanes, trails; yet these desires have not historically been reflected in design of Milwaukee streets, which primarily reflect the need for efficient movement of vehicular traffic throughout the city. By discouraging physical activity, our automobile-dominated streets limit opportunities to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses in Milwaukee. Data demonstrates that streets that enable active walking and biking can improve community health outcomes. In 2018, in response to these concerns, the City of Milwaukee passed a Complete Streets policy, ensuring streets would be designed to facilitate walking, biking, and transit.
A multi-sector partnership applied for, and was awarded, a grant to support the implementation of the Complete Streets policy. The partnership aimed to ensure that City staff were prepared to implement Complete Streets principles and that resultant road improvement projects were aligned with needs of Milwaukee’s diverse populations. The partnership includes representatives from a bike advocacy organization, public health researchers from a local medical school, urban planning researchers from a local university, and planners from the City of Milwaukee; it has been further supported by a longstanding local coalition committed to improving Milwaukee’s streets for pedestrians and bicyclists. To understand the impact of the policy on residents and to gauge residents’ perceptions of street safety in their neighborhoods, researchers collected data from throughout Milwaukee as well as in neighborhoods adjacent to ongoing street design projects.

Please RSVP to Carletta Rhodes at 

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Care Professionals
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Students
Learning objectives: 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe priorities, principles, and design elements associated with Complete Streets
  • Describe the work of the multi-sector Safe Healthy Streets project team
  • Discuss the structural and historical forces that have contributed to inequitable built environments in Milwaukee and other US cities
  • Discuss results of surveys to understand Milwaukee residents’ perceptions of street safety, and related public health implications


Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Program Director: Linda Meurer, MD


Melissa DeNomie MS is a research coordinator in the Center for Healthy Communities & Research in the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has 13 years’ experience coordinating community-engaged research projects aimed at improving health of residents of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. She is also a doctoral student in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Urban Studies program where she is studying critical theories of race, the food movement, and community engaged research.

Kiran Sehgal MPH graduated from the UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health in May 2021. Her areas of research interest include the intersection between public health and urban planning to address chronic health illnesses from an upstream approach. She's recently become interested researching and advocating for repealing the tax on tampons and other menstrual hygiene products in the state of Wisconsin. In the future she plans to become a health program coordinator or manager.


Melissa DeNomie
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8867

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1 hour of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Session date: 
06/14/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
This session will occur virtually
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

Please login or register to take this course.