The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) is a targeted regional program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Partnership Program designed to improve community conditions that lead to healthier birth outcomes among African Americans in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine.
The Lifecourse Initiative has three overall goals:
Improve the health of African American women
Improve African American infant health and survival
Address social and economic inequities
Wisconsin Partnership Program funded a multi-sector Collaborative in each community and awarded LIHF grants to address identified strategies and create programs that improve prenatal care, increase family and community support, and strengthen father involvement.
The Kenosha LIHF Collaborative has created a Community Action Plan which serves as a blue print for improving birth outcomes for African American families in Kenosha.
Program recommendations include the creation of home visiting model programs, family resource centers, service and systems coordination, early childhood education and undoing racism workshops.
The Kenosha Collaborative meets monthly to accomplish the goals outlined in the Community Action Plan. Meetings of the full Collaborative, Work Groups or Leadership Team are open to the public.
Dr. Philip Farrell, dean emeritus of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, played an integral role in creating the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families through the Wisconsin Partnership Program.