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COVID-19 vaccination clinics established in Amani and Metcalfe Park to address distribution disparities

In Milwaukee County, less than 11% of the more than 270,000 administered COVID-19 vaccination doses have gone to Black residents, despite making up nearly 27% of the population. As Northwestern Mutual continues to address racial disparities in its hometown through its Foundation, the company has partnered with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to launch mobile vaccination sites in the historically underserved Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods. Since 2013, the company has taken a strategic approach to drive sustainable change in underrepresented Milwaukee neighborhoods. To assure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine among Milwaukee’s Black residents, the company will...

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Erik Peterson: Former 115th Fighter Wing commander reflects on a career that has come full circle

Brigadier General Erik Peterson transferred from active duty F-16 pilot to commercial airline pilot with American Airlines twenty years ago. His first flight from Miami to Houston was also his last until late this year. The recently promoted Peterson described this first flight as an airline pilot, which took place on September 11, 2001, as surreal. “To be on your first flight on a brand new airline and have the captain say grab the crash ax, don’t let anybody in the cockpit – it’s a little bit different,” said Peterson. “We did not realize the totality of the situation...

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Milwaukee Art Museum brings a variety of in-person exhibits and virtual art experiences for Spring

The Milwaukee Art Museum will offer a variety of ways for visitors and families to have art experiences this spring, both online and in-person. The popular annual events “Art in Bloom” and “Lakefront Festival of Art” will be virtual celebrations again this year, with highlights shared beginning April 22 and June 18. Visitors to the newly reopened Museum now can enjoy exploring new artworks and exhibitions on the main and lower levels. “We’re thrilled to welcome people back inside the Museum once again,” said Robert Stein, Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer. “As the weather warms and vaccinations increase...

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Field operations by Chaplains of the Wisconsin National Guard brings relief to COVID response troops

For the past year, the Wisconsin National Guard has found new ways to apply its assets and capabilities to support Wisconsin’s response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, Guard members also found challenges to overcome. Tech. Sgt. Tyler Schmitz, a command and control battle management operator with the 128th Air Control Squadron at Volk Field has been supporting the state’s COVID response effort since May 1 last year. He serves in the role of a mobile vaccination team leader, but previously he worked with the mobile specimen collection teams. “I think the biggest change is just the...

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First Veteran residents move into Old Main as the Soldiers Home Campus leases half of its housing space

The Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus announced on March 22 that it has leased half of its available supportive housing units to veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The significant milestone comes just days after the first residents moved into the recently restored buildings on the campus. The restoration project returned six historic buildings to the service of veterans, which together provide 101 housing units across the Soldiers Home campus. “We’re honored to collaborate with a strong team of community partners to return a piece of national history to the service of veterans,”...

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Investigation finds retailers distributing COVID-19 vaccinations added requirements violating CDC policy

The original justification for proof-of-residency and ID requirements to get a COVID-19 vaccination were supposed to stop so-called “Vaccine Tourists” who sought access in other states that had better public distribution channels. Instead, the most vulnerable residents are being shut out of the lifesaving treatment. The concern about “Vaccine Tourists” never developed into an issue beyond a few isolated headlines. And with the Biden Administration’s expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, there has been no further incentive for the issue to become a real problem. However, the questionable safeguards remain in place and those are causing actual damage. Forward Latino...

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