Ann Christiansen MPH
Ann Christiansen has over 20 years of experience working in various public health and community health sectors to advance health equity and improve the health of Wisconsin residents. Ms. Christiansen assumed the role of Executive Director for the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership in September 2023.
Ms. Christiansen most recently held the role of Vice President, Community Health – Wisconsin at Advocate Health. In her time in this role, she provided executive oversight for Advocate Health’s Community Health team in Wisconsin. Based in Milwaukee, she oversaw development and management of local and state community partnerships to improve equitable access to health care and community-based services to improve community health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. She also oversaw and ensured the organization’s compliance with 501r community benefit and community needs assessment reporting requirements for Advocate Health’s 17 Wisconsin hospitals.
Ms. Christiansen served as the Director/Health Officer for the North Shore Health Department in Milwaukee County from 2015 to April 2021. She led the health department’s response to COVID-19 and served as a Duty Officer for the Unified Emergency Operations Center (UEOC), which is a public health collaborative effort of Milwaukee County municipal health departments, government agencies, health care systems, academic and other response agencies working collectively to implement a coordinated response to COVID-19. As the Director of the North Shore Health Department, she expanded the health department’s programs and services to address a range of public health issues. Examples include addressing the opioid crisis by establishing the first municipal-based opioid fatality review team, passing Wisconsin’s first smoke-free beach ordinance in Shorewood, and implementing community-based fall prevention programs.
Prior to her role at the health department, Ms. Christiansen was the Assistant Director at the Comprehensive Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (previously the Injury Research Center) for 11 years. There she led the Injury Center through two five-year CDC funding cycles as a comprehensive academic research center with the core functions of research, training, and outreach. She was also part of the team leading the evaluation and surveillance efforts for the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Program when she was an Associate Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Ms. Christiansen has served on numerous state and local board and committees throughout her 20-year public health career and has published numerous articles on topics such as injury prevention, suicide prevention, tobacco control, and fall prevention. She lives with her husband and three children in Wauwatosa, WI.