Becky Rowland
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
City of Milwaukee Health Department, Family and Community Health Operations Manager

Becky Rowland, MPH is currently the Operations Manager in the Division of Family and Community Health at the City of Milwaukee Health Department.

In 2004, upon finishing her BA in Sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University, Becky began her career in public health, where she adopts a relational approach in her practice, aimed at building trust and confidence within her clients, and now teams. Broadly, she is deeply committed to taking a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, and ensuring her work consistently applies the concepts of harm reduction and anti-oppression.

Between 2004 and 2013, Becky worked extensively in the LGBT and HIV+ communities of Chicago—which included outreach, case management, research, disease intervention, and program management. In 2010, Becky's work was honored when she was voted as one of Chicago’s “30 under 30,” an award issued by the Windy City Times, highlighting the “brightest individuals” working in the LGBTQ community. Also that year, Becky was one of three individuals awarded the Hope and Spirit Award by the Chicago Department of Public Health.

In 2016, after having babies in 2013 and 2014, Becky earned her MPH from Benedictine University, with certifications in Health Management & Policy and Epidemiology. She immediately took a position at the City of Evanston Department of Health and Human Services as a Public Health Specialist, where in a year, she completed a strategic planning process, and started two HIV testing programs, while conducting public health education and environmental health inspections.

In 2017, Becky and her family decided to move to Cedarburg, WI, and soon after, she started her work in the City of Milwaukee. Becky now supervises public health managers, supports programmatic operations and co-manages budgets for nine public health programs.  This includes four home visiting programs that target prenatal health and infant mortality, three programs conducting health screenings, and programs supporting access to the basic needs of healthy foods and health insurance. As a result of her work, in 2018, Becky was selected as a "City Leader" by City MatCH, a national organization of urban maternal-child health leaders.

In her free time, Becky currently serves as Vice Chair at-Large on the Board of Directors at Howard Brown Health, an LGBT federally qualified health center in Chicago. She is married to her best friend, loves gardening, reading, sewing, and getting her butt kicked in Uno by her kiddos—Wynn (age 5) and Calla (age 4).