United Way of Greater Milwaukee grants $90K to Aurora Family Service for healthy birth outcomes

United Way of Greater Milwaukee has awarded Aurora Family Service $90,000 to help tackle a critical issue facing our community: infant mortality.

Statistics show there is an elevated risk of infant mortality in subsequent births to women having previous negative birth outcomes.

These funds will help increase the capacity of Aurora Health Care’s two home visitation programs which aim to ensure healthy birth outcomes for at-risk mothers and infants.

“At Aurora Family Service, we are dedicated to improving the health of our community and this grant allows us to help more at risk babies celebrate their first birthday,” said Jane Pirsig, Executive Director, Aurora Family Service.

“Our evidence-based program is helping more moms address the critical resources and education that can positively impact their infant’s and family’s overall health.”

The Healthy Families Milwaukee program targets low income women residing in priority, at-risk neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Healthy Next Babies aims to help those families most at risk: low-income, African-American mothers who have just experienced an adverse birth outcome and whose infants are being cared for at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The funds are made available through a multiyear grant from BMO Harris Bank to support United Way’s Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative: Reducing Infant Mortality.

“Reducing infant mortality is a priority issue for United Way,” says Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way.

“We have partnered with Aurora Family Service since 1909, and are excited to be expanding this partnership to reach our community’s most vulnerable members and address this critical need.”