CDC Releases New Data
The newest data release from Centers for Disease Control continues to show that Wisconsin has one of the worst racial disparities in infant mortality in the nation. While these numbers are more than alarming, it is also embarrassing for a state of our size, which is often recognized for its great resources and care for its residents.
The Lifecourse Initiative is committed to working with our stakeholders on the local and state level. We understand that strong partnerships are necessary because many organizations and policies shape and determine health. We have been fortunate to bridge working relationships with state and local health departments, hospitals, community based organizations, educational systems and equally important, the community at large.
It is our hope that this exposure will result in broad and open discussions as we continue to join forces in an even more meaningful way to address infant mortality, and develop effective strategies that will build upon the principles of the foundation that has been laid over the past several years, through many of our efforts.
The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) envisions a day in which there is equitable access to quality health care, information and the social and economic resources needed for babies, mothers and families to thrive. We believe:
- Eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity means ensuring that everyone has full and equitable access to opportunities to lead healthy lives
- In order to have healthy babies, we need healthy women, men, families and communities
- We further understand that eliminating these disparities will require changes to multiple levels of policies and practices that affect health throughout the life-course
The Wisconsin Partnership Program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health 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 are 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.
LIHF has always been proactive and will continue to be engaged and committed to addressing racial disparities and improving birth outcomes. At the local level, our LIHF Collaboratives in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee Counties have done an excellent job in setting priorities that are relevant to their communities. Collectively, at the regional level, the Collaboratives have been and continue to be instrumental in addressing issues that face families individually and systemically. These are the strengths that we will continue to build on to move the pendulum on infant mortality for children and families.
We invite you to join us at the 2018 Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Update: Moving Forward with Vision meeting on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Northshore Conference Center from 10am-noon. This is a very important meeting where we will share our progress and discuss our future. Please plan to attend. Register here.
Thank you for your continued support.