On Tuesday, April 24th, the Milwaukee LIHF (Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families) Collaborative unveiled it Community Action Plan (CAP) to a capacity filled crowd at the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. The CAP contains recommendations on what actions should be taken to eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes.
Among the attendees were (from left to right): Katherine Marks, Wisconsin Partnership Program’s LIHF Oversight and Advisory Committee, Margaret Henningsen, Milwaukee LIHF Co-Convener (Planning Phase)/Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, James Causey, event Masters of Ceremonies/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Earnestine Willis, Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative Co-Chair/Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Kathleen Pritchard, Milwaukee LIHF Co-Convener (Planning Phase)/Planning Council, Shawn Green, Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative Co-Chair/Faith Partnership Network, and Paula Penebaker, Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative Fiscal Agent (Implementation Phase)/YWCA of Greater Milwaukee.
The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, funded by the UW Madison’s Wisconsin Partnership Program, seeks to improve the health of babies by improving health care services for African Americans, strengthening African American families and communities, and address social and economic inequities for African Americans. This is an urgent need in Milwaukee as black babies die three times more so than white babies. In fact, in some Milwaukee neighborhoods the infant mortality rate is comparable to undeveloped countries. (Photo by Lorraine Lathen)