The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) is a collaborative effort in Wisconsin to support African American women and their families to have healthy birth outcomes.

Wisconsin has one of the worst black-white disparities in infant mortality in the United States. The Wisconsin Partnership Program supports the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes to address the root causes of why these disparities exist.

LIHF builds multi-level strategies that support equitable birth outcomes. Infant and child well-being is a reflection of access to health care and health information, as well as the social, economic, and physical environments that support health. LIHF strives to impact all of these areas to ultimately impact infant mortality in Wisconsin.

Learn more about the issues, our approach, and our work below.

Updates from the
Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families

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Babies born to African American mothers in Wisconsin are nearly three times more likely to die before their first birthday than babies born to White mothers. Read more about the issues.

Infant health and survival are influenced by many different factors, including health care, social, and economic factors. Understand LIHF's model and strategies.

LIHF is addressing inequities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin in many ways. Learn more about the LIHF initiative's work.