The Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded $2.25 million to 12 Milwaukee projects working to provide support and resources to African American families and end infant mortality in the city.
The $2.25 million is part of a $3.4 million grant funding projects in Beloit, Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee. In recent years, almost 90 percent of African American infant deaths in the state have occurred within these communities.
Grants are being distributed through the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF), a $10 million effort focused on reducing infant mortality that was developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and its Wisconsin Partnership Program in 2009.
“Our grants will support community-based projects that will address the root causes of infant mortality and promise to reverse this devastating public health trend,” said Dr. Patrick Remington, associate dean for public health and chair of the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee. “These projects align closely with the plan developed by the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative, such as by focusing on health fathers who are vital to having healthy families.”
Within Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Partnership Program will award:
* A grant of up to $400,000 over three years to the Direct Assistance for Dads (DAD) Project
* A grant of up to $400,000 over three years to Health Parents, Healthy Babies (Healthy Next Babies)
* A grant of up to $400,000 over three years to No Longer an Island: Creating a Place-based Men’s Peer Outreach and Social Support Network
* A grant of up to $400,000 over three years to The Young Parenthood Project: A Father Engagement Strategy for Healthy Families
* A grant of up to $150,000 over three years to the Focus on Fathers Initiative
* A grant of up to $150,000 over three years to Normalizing Breastfeeding: Building Social Support and Community Capacity
* A grant of up to $150,000 over three years to Striving to Create Healthier Communities Through Innovative Partnerships
* A grant of up to $150,000 over three years to United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) Initiative For Healthy Families
* A planning grant of up to $50,000 over two years to Engaging African American Fathers to Reduce Infant Mortality by Improving their Health Literacy
* A planning grant of up to $50,000 over two years to Expecting Moms, Expecting Dads
* A planning grant of up to $50,000 over two years to Family Connectedness for New & Expectant Mothers
* A planning grant of up to $50,000 over two years to Strong Families Healthy Homes (SFHH) Extension – Pregnancy Pilot Program
Prior to awarding these grants, the Wisconsin Partnership Program supported Milwaukee’s two-year planning process with $300,000 in funding. The program’s grant money stemmed from the conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield to a for-profit corporation.
For more information about all grantees, click here.