The Public Policy Institute develops and advocates for nonpartisan policy options and legislation in order to persuade policy makers from both sides of the aisle to create public policies that directly help people in poverty to lead better lives.
We collaborate with individuals and organizations at local, statewide, and national levels, including the Urban Institute and the Children’s Defense Fund. We build on a track record of past success.
Our approach includes constant monitoring and consideration of the policies and issues affecting poverty, health care, housing, criminal justice, job creation, education, and prevention initiatives to ensure both the safety and success of the low-income communities in Milwaukee, throughout Wisconsin, and nationally.
Our core work analyzing and advocating for policy changes takes place through the following programs:
Prevention Programs Also Impact Policy:
City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance works to implement tobacco prevention and control policy interventions, including Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Law.
Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition reviews drug regulation policies, advocates for prescription drug drop boxes, and monitors marijuana-related policies nationwide.
Minority Male Achievement Program
A component of the Minority Male Achievement Program involves aligning the program's implementation with the Institute's core public policy efforts.