About Amy


Amy Murphy’s background includes leadership experience and positions within government, academia and non-profit organizations.

  • 15 years as the Manager of the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department’s award winning Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Programs.
  • Director of the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin funding community-academic partnership projects within the State of Wisconsin.
  • Research and Training Coordinator positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Illinois Department of Health.
  • Public Health Education Director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation - Greater Chicago Area.


Master’s Degree in Public Health - June 1991
University of Illinois at Chicago
Delta Omega Honors Society

Bachelors of Science in Education - May 1985
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Summa Cum Laude
Elaine Bartel Award for Academic Excellence

Institute for Cultural Affairs Certifications - 2009
Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods - Effective Methods for Participation
Participatory Strategic Planning - Focusing Collective Power for Change


Wisconsin Public Health Association, 1991-Present
American Public Health Association, 1991-Present

Advisory Committees (click)

Based on a history of success in policy development and community capacity building, Amy Murphy has been selected to serve on multiple local, state and national level advisory committees. She has provided leadership for local task forces and coalitions. Most notable are:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: Ms. Murphy was appointed to this committee by the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served from 1999-2003. In this capacity, Ms. Murphy chaired the Primary Prevention Work Group from 2001-2003.

  • City of Milwaukee’s Lead Task Force & Fight Asthma Milwaukee Allies: On the local level, Ms. Murphy provided leadership for policy development, community capacity building and program sustainability as the Chair of Milwaukee’s Lead Task Force from 1992-2006 and Co-Chair of Fight Asthma Milwaukee Allies Steering Committee from 2003-2006.

Publications (click)

Ms. Murphy has contributed to the lead poisoning and asthma peer-reviewed literature based on Milwaukee’s innovative and comprehensive approaches to children’s health and the home environment.