In 2015, Milwaukee’s overall infant mortality rate was 9.6 infant deaths per 1,000. The rate among white babies was 4.3, while the rate for African American babies was 13.8. per 1,000 births. In 2018-19 United Way is investing in 7 programs throughout the community that address social, medical, and economic factors to promote healthy birth outcomes.
United Way is taking the lead in promoting healthy birth outcomes in Milwaukee. Together with our partners, we are committed to helping reach the community-wide goal to reduce Milwaukee’s overall infant mortality rate by 10% and the African American infant mortality rate by 15% by 2017.
To ensure we address the infant mortality crisis, United Way:
- Leads the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative in Milwaukee.
- Is raising awareness about the issue by revealing how racial birth outcome disparities affect all sectors of society.
- Identifies and funds evidence-based programs that will impact the root causes and result in positive birth outcomes.
- Measures the collective impact of funded programs.
- Convenes Greater Milwaukee community-based programs to provide opportunities to learn more about relevant and innovative strategies.
For those who have participated in Healthy Birth Outcomes programming:
- 99% had a healthy pregnancy outcome.
- 96% were educated about the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.
- 94% began prenatal care in the first or second trimester.
- 89% carried the baby to term.
- 94% were educated on the benefits of breastfeeding.