Julia Means Archives

Nurses Affecting Change: It’s Who We Are and What We Do

March 3, 2022

The promotion of public health and public well-being are the stated goals of most health care organizations, but few organizations model these goals as sincerely as Nurses Affecting Change. While breast cancer incidence rates of Black and White women are similar, death rates from breast cancer are higher among Black women compared to White women…. [Read More]

“All Of Us’’ May – Stroke Awareness

May 20, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard Freelance contributor Dora Chambers was leaving home, on her way to the store, when she lost her footing and fell halfway down the steps. She assumed she was alright, got into her car and drove to the store. When she returned home, she called the doctor’s office because she felt a ‘little… [Read More]

National Kidney Month

March 25, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard When Walter Cook was 15 years old and weighed in at only 106 pounds, one of the ‘church mothers’ pulled his mother aside and suggested she take him to the doctor to determine why he wasn’t growing. That doctor’s visit probably saved Cook’s life. His mother was informed that both her son’s… [Read More]

Access to Wellness Resources and Healthy Food Started with a Nurse from the Neighborhood

June 18, 2020

By Karen Stokes Julia Means, community a nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital is known throughout her neighborhood as ‘The Nurse.’ As an intensive care nurse, she’s witnessed a lot of people coming to intensive care who were dying due to a lack of knowledge. “I felt if I could come out and do… [Read More]

Ascension sponsors Blessing of the Baby event at Ebenezer Church of God in Christ

August 22, 2019

By Karen Stokes Years ago, Julia Means, community health ministry nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, attended a conference that deeply affected her. At the conference, they discussed the fact that many babies born in Milwaukee were dying before the age of one. Shortly after, Means co-founded Blanket of Love. The Blanket of Love… [Read More]

Julia Means appointed to the city of Milwaukee’s Board of Health

July 11, 2019

Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Registered Nurse Julia Means to the City of Milwaukee’s newly created Board of Health last month on June 27. The nine-member commission will advise the Health Department on policy and advocate for public health practices that improve health outcomes for all Milwaukeeans. The citizen oversight board was created by legislation adopted… [Read More]

Columbia St. Mary’s hosts ‘Be of Good Heart’ luncheon to launch new initiative

March 2, 2018

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, 2301 North Lake Dr., Ascension Healthcare and Columbia St. Mary’s hosted the launch of their new heart health initiative, “Be of Good Heart.” The program goal is to reach 2,000 African Americans to improve heart health and empower our community to be heart smart. The… [Read More]