Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Women's Outpatient Center Receives Grant From United Way - June 18, 2013 - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on June 18, 2013

Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Women's Outpatient Center Receives Grant From United Way

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - For its high quality work with patients and in improving the infant mortality rate in Milwaukee, the Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Women’s Outpatient Center was awarded a $100,000 grant from the United Way to continue its efforts.

Staff in the Women’s Outpatient Center understands that excellent medical care alone will not improve birth outcomes.  Families need vital social services including social workers, education and community resources.  This grant will support the social service programming that positively impacts birth outcomes such as early prenatal care engagement, safe sleep, smoking cessation, breastfeeding education, shaken baby syndrome, car seat safety and the CenteringPregnancy™ program. The funding will also allow the Center to continue the innovative services staff knows the community needs.  

“The team is simply as good as it gets and mothers and babies are healthier and safer under your care,” said Nicole Angresano, United Way of Greater Milwaukee Vice President of Community Impact, about the Women's Outpatient Center. 

As part of their health strategy, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee has included reducing infant mortality as a priority and has established the "Healthy Birth Initiative: Reducing Infant Mortality." BMO Harris Bank made a $750,000 donation over three years to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee to promote healthy birth outcomes and improve Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate.  

In July 2012, the Center received a $35,000 Opportunity Grant from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee that was used to improve birth outcomes.