Pat Batemon, 414-219-3417;
Anne Pankratz, 608-216-6537;

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) is hosting “Building Policy Solutions to Address Infant Mortality: Ohio’s Success Story” featuring Shannon Jones, former Ohio State Senator and co-sponsor of the recently passed Ohio Infant Mortality Act. The event will take place on July 13, 2017 from 9am-12pm at Ebenezer Church of God in Christ at 3132 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During the event, Senator Jones will share the story of how she became a champion for this groundbreaking legislation and how stakeholders and elected officials in other states can use Ohio as a model for building evidence-based policies to reduce infant mortality. Senator Jones will be joined by key Wisconsin experts and stakeholders for an engaging conversation about what Wisconsin advocates can learn from her experience.

Wisconsin, like Ohio, has one of the highest African-American infant mortality rates in the United States. “We’re looking forward to learning and discussing how we can work together for policy change to support babies, moms, and families in southeastern Wisconsin and the state,” said Wanda Montgomery, co-chair of the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative.

The event is open for anyone who would like to attend. Please register in advance at For more information about this event, please contact Pat Batemon at

The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) is an initiative funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to support African-American women and their families to have healthy birth outcomes. LIHF Collaboratives based in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine are working to address the root causes of racial disparities in infant mortality.

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