In the News

  • New program provides children in foster homes access to medical care

    To appreciate the importance of a new medical program for children in foster care that was announced Wednesday at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, consider what happened to Bregetta Wilson.

    Wilson was 13 when she was placed in foster care. She would remain in foster care until she turned 18 and aged out of the system.

    During those five years, Wilson said, she never got a physical and never saw a dentist. She had to navigate, alone, her physical changes and the emotional upheaval of having been removed from her family.

    "I had no one to talk to," Wilson said.

    "Many children in foster care often lack basic health care or have experienced some level of trauma," said Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker, who was joined for the program's official rollout by Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.

    "This program allows them to get the care they need," Walker said.

    Wed, 02/05/2014

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker on Real Milwaukee talking about the upcoming Wellness Weekend

    First Lady Tonette Walker on Real Milwaukee talking about the upcoming Wellness Weekend

    Tue, 01/14/2014

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  • A hero on horseback

    Leader of therapeutic riding center named a Wisconsin Hero

    The director of a local therapeutic horseback riding program received the Wisconsin Heroes award from the state’s first lady Tuesday afternoon.

    Stephanie Kubarth, founder and director of the Midwest Therapeutic Riding Center, 1451 172nd Ave., was honored with the plaque from Tonette Walker at the facility during a surprise ceremony before staff, volunteers, parents and riders.

    Wed, 11/27/2013

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  • Wisconsin’s First lady tours WCAC’s Tree House

    First Lady Tonette Walker toured the Walworth County Alliance for Children’s (WCAC) Tree House last Friday afternoon. The complex is located on Highway NN east of Elkhorn.

    Walker visited the advocacy center to learn more about its comprehensive approach to addressing reported sexual and physical abuse of children.

    Wed, 10/30/2013

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  • Laura Bush salutes 'commitment to service' at Teen Challenge gala

    In her years in the White House, the most inspiring people first lady Laura Bush encountered weren't those who had titles or helped make world history.

    Instead, she said, they were the first responders who searched for survivors after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the volunteers who raced to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and the men and women who defended the country.

    Fri, 10/11/2013

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  • Hometown Hero

    Wisconsin's first lady, Tonette Walker, presented an award Wednesday night to honor Sam Scifio, longtime Milwaukee Auxiliary Police Officer.

    Sam is beginning his 53rd year of volunteer service with the City of Milwaukee as an Auxiliary Police Officer.

    Wed, 09/25/2013

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady takes a stroll along the Birkie Trail

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker led about 50 people on a two-mile “Walk with Walker” on the American Birkebeiner Trail on a warm and sunny Wednesday, June 12.

    For the past three years, Walker has been leading similar walks on various trails across the state to raise awareness of the state’s beauty and the health benefits of walking. The June 12 walk was the 25th such event.

    Wed, 06/19/2013

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  • Tonette Walker Comes to Tomahawk

    The Tomahawk Community will welcome Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker this afternoon.

    Tonette Walker has chosen Tomahawk as one of multiple venues to promote a year of wellness with her Walk with Walker campaign.

    Tomahawk Chamber Executive Director Tamra Anderson says, “We are excited to have Wisconsin’s First Lady coming to Tomahawk….It will be a great way to showcase Bradley Park while promoting health and fitness.”

    Tue, 05/21/2013

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presents award to Joyce Keyes

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker presents Wisconsin Heroes award to Joyce Keyes at Fond du Lac's American Red Cross, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Thu, 05/02/2013

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  • New $600,000 grant to help address mental health care barriers

    Cost and access are two barriers to mental health care in western Wisconsin.

    A new grant could help address both concerns, especially in rural areas.

    Recently, we aired a series about mental health services, and the shortcomings locally. Monday, the state announced a $600,000 grant to improve services in seven western Wisconsin counties.

    "We really want to start with a needs assessment. We want to understand what core benefits are being provided throughout the region, and in what ways," said Jill Chaffee, Operations Administrator for the Western Region Recovery and Wellness Consortium, or WRRWC.

    Mon, 03/04/2013

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