Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families

In the State of Wisconsin, babies born to African American mothers are nearly three times as likely to die before they reach their first birthday than those born to white mothers.  This disparity reflects a convergence of elements related to social and economic disadvantage, individual behaviors, and the environment. Effective strategies to reduce these critical health disparities target individuals as well as policy, systems, and the environmental factors.  In 2010, the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health launched the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF), a multi-year initiative to work with communities to develop and implement strategies to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin through alignment and the achievement of collective impact.