LIHF Project Grants


In 2013, the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) funded 22 LIHF Project Grants focused on individual, community, and systems level interventions in the LIHF communities.

Community and academic partners worked to design, implement and/or evaluate a program in a LIHF county focused on supporting African American women and their families to have healthy birth outcomes. Each grantee's academic partner performed a variety of roles including advising on project design, evaluation, recommending tools, and dissemination of project results. 

The LIHF projects were conducted from 2014-2017, and many grantee organizations continue to be participants in the LIHF Collaboratives. To learn more about the LIHF Project Grants, scroll down to read brief summaries of each project.

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Centering Program of Racine LIHF
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, All Saints Foundation
Using the nationally recognized evidence-based Centering Pregnancy model, this Racine-based initiative provided health assessment, education and support by health care professionals in the context of group prenatal care designed to positively impact birth outcomes.

Strong Families Healthy Homes Extension - Pregnancy Pilot Program
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
This pilot was designed to be a preventive intervention for African American families coping with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. Classes and in-home mentoring assisted expectant parents in understanding how to meet their child’s needs with the goal of decreasing adverse childhood experiences and rates of infant mortality. 

Healthy Families Kenosha
Kenosha County Job Center
Based on the Healthy Families America model, this project expanded prenatal and social support services for new mothers and their families in Kenosha, including culturally relevant home visitation services and parenting education, and linked families to community resources.

Healthy Parents, Healthy Babies (Healthy Next Babies)
Aurora Health Care
Working with families residing in Milwaukee’s ten poorest zip codes, this initiative aimed to improve access to interconception care by emphasizing the role of both parents in developing care plans, accessing existing services, and increasing provider collaboration.

Professional Women's Network for Services Birthing Project
Professional Women's Network for Services 
Modeled on Birthing Project USA, this project recruited and trained Sister-Friend volunteers in the African American community who mentor, nurture and support pregnant women through pregnancy, birth and infancy of their child.

Striving to Create Healthier Communities Through Innovative Partnerships
Quality of Life Center
This initiative focused on improving access to quality prenatal care through the Centering Pregnancy and Birthing Project models as well as engaging fathers during the preconception, prenatal, and interconception periods.

Normalizing Breastfeeding
African American Breastfeeding Network
This initiative aimed to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity rates by engaging pregnant women, expectant fathers and their families through health promotion, health education, and social support programs.

Family Peer Navigation and Home Visit Project
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
This project expanded home visiting services for pregnant African American women and families in Beloit. A systems navigator and trained peer navigators improved access to community resources through information, referrals, and advocacy.

Family Connectedness for New and Expectant Mothers
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
This project built a referral system for high-risk new and expectant mothers in three Milwaukee neighborhoods and connected them with the mentorship, support, and guidance they need to give their baby the best possible start.

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Kenosha Fatherhood Involvement Planning Project
Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
After completing a community assessment and a review of promising and evidence-based father involvement programs, this partnership developed a comprehensive Father Involvement model in Kenosha County.

Engaging African American Fathers to Reduce Infant Mortality by Improving their Health Literacy
This project added to the knowledge base of information sensitive to cultural and literacy needs of African American fathers, engaged and trained medical and nursing students to provide fathers with culturally appropriate and literacy sensitive information, and evaluated the effectiveness of communication.

Expecting Moms, Expecting Dads
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, St. Joseph Foundation
This initiative created a father-friendly prenatal care class that used the evidence-based Centering Pregnancy curriculum and incorporated additional resources including 24/7 Dad and the YMCA’s Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood to help both parents understand the role and importance of a father in a child’s life.  

Bethel AME Church Jobs for Fathers
Bethel Church in Beloit provided pre-employment training and support for African American fathers age 18 to 30 through “a community circle” and seminars designed to strengthen father involvement with family and secure transitional and family-sustaining jobs.

Focus on Fathers Initiative
YMCA Racine
This initiative aimed to engage and support noncustodial fathers in developing parenting skills and healthy relationships for co-parenting through home visitation and parent education, ultimately increasing father involvement in the lives of their children.

Reducing African American Birth Disparities through Decreased Prison Recidivism and Increased Living-Wage Employment of Mothers and Fathers
Racine Vocational Ministry
To address the problems of prison recidivism (repeat offenses) related to family economic stability, this initiative provided intensive job counseling, case management, job placement, and a variety of employment and educational readiness services for targeted families in Racine.

Direct Assistance for Dads (DAD) Project
City of Milwaukee Health Department
Through home visitation and one-on-one coaching, this project provided direct services to fathers and fathers-to-be with the goal of increasing their involvement with their children and their partner, and ultimately to improve family and child health outcomes.

No Longer an Island: Creating a Place-Based Men's Peer Outreach and Social Support Network
Walnut Way
Based in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, the initiative sought to develop a leadership and social support network to increase engagement among African American fathers and men through peer mentoring and community health navigators.

The Young Parenthood Project: A Father Engagement Strategy for Healthy Families
Milwaukee Health Services
This project aimed to increase relationship-building skills and self-worth among African American men and their families by providing prenatal and support services for expectant fathers and young couples at risk for stress. 

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Beloit Youth Internship Program
Pentacostal Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
This program aimed to provide meaningful internship experiences for African American youth in Beloit through mentoring, professional skills training, and life coaching that encouraged social and economic success during and after high school by putting students on the pathway to employment and/or higher education.

Dismantling Racism in Kenosha County
Kenosha County Division of Health
After completing a community assessment, partners developed an action plan to address racism and health disparities in Kenosha County.

Implementation of a Rock County Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team
Rock County Health Department
This project developed a Fetal Infant Mortality Review to conduct a systematic and multidisciplinary analysis of fetal and infant deaths in Rock County, creating an infrastructure to identify potential policy and environmental solutions to reduce mortality rates.

UNCOM Initiative for Healthy Families
United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee
United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), a collaborative of eight agencies, developed a drop-in center for families experiencing stress and trained all staff on trauma-informed care.

2015 Grantee Forum

A LIHF Project Grantee Forum was held in November 2015 at the Zilber School of Public Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Participants included LIHF Project Grant recipients and their academic partners, leaders and program managers from the LIHF Collaboratives, LIHF Program Office staff, and Wisconsin Partnership Program staff. To learn more about the LIHF Project Grantee Forum, please download the summary report.