The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin (BHCW) continues to be very troubled by National Healthy Start Initiative’s decision not to re-fund our Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings Project despite BHCW’s grant being “approved” by them.
The Black/White infant mortality gap in Milwaukee is too great for BHCW to peacefully go without this important grant.
BHCW has been diligently fighting this with the goal of having the funds restored.
Thus far, BHCW has greatly appreciated the legislative support from Congresswoman Moore and Senator Tammy Baldwin.
They also are appreciative of the Wisconsin Legislative letter that was sent to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) by Representatives Mandela Barnes, La Tonya Johnson, JoCasta Zamarripa, Cory Mason, Evan Goyke, Frederick Kessler, Leon Young, Jon Richards,Sandy Pasch as well as Senators Nikiya Harris-Dodd and Lena C. Taylor.
Healthy Start has admitted that they made errors in the grant award process.
BHCW is asking the community for support so the pressure stays on the federal government until they make things right with the agencies that they caused harm.
BHCW urges community members to support its “Change.org” petition and share it broadly with their networks.
BHCW is urging President Obama to hold the HRSA accountable for its admitted mistakes and order them to provide full funding to the 25 agencies across the country that were approved but not funded to fight infant mortality disparities.
BHCW’s petition can be accessed directly on the main page of its website at www.bhcw.org.