A family physician who formerly served as Milwaukee health commissioner has been named to lead the Wisconsin Public Health Division and to serve as state health officer. Seth Foldy, M.D., served as Milwaukees commissioner of health from 1998 to 2004, and oversaw decreases in lead poisonings, heat-related deaths and rates of smoking as well as increases in rates of health insurance enrollment and immunizations, a state news release says. He recently co-founded the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange to provide real-time patient information to emergency departments and public-health authorities in Milwaukee. Since 2005, Foldy, 53, has also served as medical director of Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee. The Public Health Division includes programs to address community health, emergency medical services, chronic-disease prevention and health promotion. The division also works closely with the quality assurance division, which oversees hospitals in the state.
Foldy, Seth, M.D.
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