Media Advisory: Next Step Clinic to hold grand opening Jan. 8

Jan. 6, 2020

Next Step Clinic receives President's Challenge GrantMILWAUKEE — The Next Step Clinic, recipient of the inaugural Marquette University President’s Challenge in 2019, will host its grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 7:30 a.m. until noon at its location within the Family Success Center of the Next Door Foundation, 2549 N. 29th St.

A short program will run from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., followed by an open house until noon. Among the speakers will be Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and Dr. Amy Van Hecke, associate professor of psychology. Leah Jepson of the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health/Mental Health America of Wisconsin; Grady Crosby, vice president of public affairs and chief diversity officer for Johnson Controls International; and Dr. Tracey Sparrow, president of the Next Door Foundation, are also expected to speak.

Event information:

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8

Time: 8 a.m.

Place: The Next Door Foundation, 2549 N. 29th St.

Parking: Parking is available in an adjacent lot on the east side of 29th street, directly across from the Next Door Foundation.

About the Next Step Clinic

The Next Step Clinic, winner of Marquette University’s first-ever “President’s Challenge,” operates as a satellite of Mental Health America of Wisconsin and serves the mental health and developmental needs of Milwaukee’s underserved children and families. The clinic offers family navigation and developmental assessment services and trauma-focused therapies for children and families. Through the President’s Challenge, President Lovell and the Johnson Controls Foundation committed to awarding a $250,000, two-year grant to Next Step, allowing it to address an area of neighborhood inequity through an interdisciplinary approach.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or