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The African American Breastfeeding Network Inc. and the School of Human Ecology and School of Social Work, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are partnering on “Black Fathers, Equal Partners in Advancing Maternal and Infant Health.” This groundbreaking project is aimed at better understanding how fathers can be a part of improving the health and well-being of mothers and babies. The initiative is funded by a 12-month grant from the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).
Black infant mortality is higher in Wisconsin than any other state in the nation. Maternal mortality is five times higheramong Black women than white women in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has had persistent inequalities in maternal and infant health. Research demonstrates that partner support during pregnancy is associated with positive maternal child health outcomes and that fathers play a central role in children’s health and development — yet fathers are a largely untapped resource for reducing racial disparities in maternal and child health.
- Dalvery Blackwell, Executive Director, African American Breastfeeding Network Inc.,
- Brooks Griffin, Father Advocate, African American Breastfeeding Network and Senior President, The INSPIRED Network
- Shannon Reed, Expectant Parent & Entrepreneur, IDKDY & The INSPIED Network
- Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Tova Walsh, Assistant Professor, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
WHEN AND WHERE:
Date: Friday, June 18 @ 10:30 a.m.
Place: Big Daddy’s Barbecue and Soul Food
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53212
CONTACT: For more information or additional story accommodations please contact: Vivian King (on behalf of AABN) at (414) 899-3027.