Community Health Ministry




Ascension Columbia St. Mary's employs two nurses to work in collaboration with churches and community organizations to improve the health of individuals and the community in general. Brenda Buchanan and Julia Means provide health education, health screening, care management and health crisis support to members of sponsoring churches and through a variety of outreach programs affiliated with the churches.

Brenda Buchanan serves Three Holy Women parish, consisting of sites at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Hedwig’s and St. Rita’s churches. Brenda is assisted by a Health Ministry Cabinet of parishioners who advise her regarding the interests and needs of the parish members. An important part of the work is support to Three Holy Women’s outreach to older adults and to impoverished people in their community. Milwaukee Catholic Home has provided funding support for this parish nursing position, as have numerous local foundations.

Julia Means serves Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, Solomon Community Methodist Church and New Life Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee’s central city. She also provides support to Clinton Rose Senior Center, the Adult Literacy Center and Martin Luther King Elementary School. Julia runs a health education and screening clinic based at the New Life Food Pantry. She developed the Kids of Nia character development program at Martin Luther King School as well as the Blanket of Love prenatal care and parenting education program at Ebenezer Church.

At each of their churches, the Community Health Ministry nurses serve as a health care safety net for members in health crisis, helping them to navigate health systems and service providers.


Patient Stories

Parish Nursing

When Is a Group Home Not a Group Home? By Julia Means

Community Partners

  • Adult Literacy Center
  • BRANCH OUT Churches
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
  • Catholic Community Foundation
  • Clinton Rose Senior Center
  • Ebenezer Church of God in Christ
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Catholic Home
  • New Life Presbyterian
  • Old St. Mary Catholic Parish
  • Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish
  • Solomon United Methodist Church

Contact Information

Brenda Buchanan
c/o Three Holy Women Catholic Church
1716 N. Humboldt
Milwaukee, WI 53202

T: (414) 416-1201

Julia Means
c/o Ebenezer C.O.G.I.C.
3132 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

T: (414) 793-0328

The Community Health Ministry nurses can be reached to discuss their programs, care of their church members and referrals to their programs through the phone numbers listed above. Bill Solberg, Director of Community Services, can also be reached to discuss their programs and services through (414) 585-4921.



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