Notable Heroes in Health Care: Brenda Buchanan

Class of 2022

Brenda Buchanan, a community health nurse at Ascension Wisconsin, promotes education around chronic disease management, food security, infant mortality prevention and health navigation. 

Serving Meta House of Milwaukee, Buchanan works with women experiencing substance abuse problems and co-occurring health problems. Additionally, she leads Ascension Wisconsin Blanket of Love, a health education and support group for women at Meta House with prenatal and parenting education for expectant mothers and their families. Participants receive education on prenatal care, labor, delivery and other strategies to improve the health of mother and baby. 

Buchanan also serves as the parish nurse for Three Holy Women in Milwaukee, a collaboration of parishes in the East Side, Riverwest and downtown Milwaukee neighborhoods that began in 2010. Under her guidance, the collaboration’s Hospitality Center was created for individuals who are dealing with poverty and homelessness. Each week, guests can receive a hot meal, food staples, clothing and access to a safe place to gather.

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