Beloit Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families

Infant mortality is one of the most critical health problems facing Wisconsin. In 2010, an African American child born in WI was three times more likely to die before his or her first birthday than a white child. What creates this extreme discrepancy? Why should this statistic open our eyes? Beloit is working to reduce infant death inequalities with a coordinated plan, “Beloit Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families” (BLIHF). Lisa Jackson, Community Engagement Coordinator, will explain the statistics and the key areas of accessing health care, strengthening African American families, and addressing social and economic inequities.

This program will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, February 6, at the administrative building, Hyatt Smith Room on the UW-Rock County campus, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville. The Diversity Action Team (DAT) of Rock County is sponsoring the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Registration is not needed.

BLIHF is funded by Wisconsin Partnership Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Beloit College is its fiscal sponsor.

DAT goals are to eliminate racism and to create an inclusive community of respect for all.



Pictured above, Lisa Jackson, Community Engagement Coordinator



Pictured Above, Marilyn Kilgore, Director of the Beloit Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, shared the history of this program.  It is a Project of the Wisconsin Partnership Program, University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health. It is addressing the discrepancies of the black and white infant mortality rates, the possible causes and what changes BLIHF wants to address.

For more information, contact Jeanne Carfora, 608.756.1815 or [email protected]