About Us

The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities.  With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to assure, promote, and protect the health and safety of the people in the North Shore. 

The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community.  Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, a public health manager, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.

The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special.  Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants.  Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.  

Health Department Timeline

  • In 1993, the contractual relationship between Shorewood and Whitefish Bay was established to form the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department. The Shorewood/Whitefish Bay was a Level I health department, providing five basic public health services. These included a communicable disease program, a generalized nursing program, offering health promotion and disease prevention, and human health hazard prevention and control.

  • In 1996, the contractual relationship was established between Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, and River Hills to form the North Shore Health Department (NSHD). The NSHD was a Level II department, providing seven public health programs or services that address state and local health priorities.

  • In 2006, the North Shore Environmental Health Consortium was established between the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department and the North Shore Health Department to share environmental health services for all North Shore communities except Glendale. The Consortium entered into a contract with the Department of Health Services and Department of Agriculture

  • In 2009, a task force was established to look at the strategic direction of both health departments to consider consolidation.

  • Initial meetings to garner public input into potential consolidated North Shore Health Department.

  • In 2011, Villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay and the City of Glendale adopted ordinances authorizing the North Shore Health Department to provide public health services for each Village/City as part of an intergovernmental agreement.

  • Effective January 1st, 2012 North Shore Health Department began its operations as a consolidated Level II health department with offices in Brown Deer and Shorewood.

  • In May 2014, North Shore Health Department became a Level III health department. This is the highest designation in Wisconsin and requires health departments to provide 14 public health programs and services.

North Shore Health Department Organizational Chart 


follow the link to find information on local health departments: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lh-depts/counties.htm