"Every time we start a fatherhood session, speak to a group, or meet with other agencies, I tell them the main purpose of our fatherhood initiative is to eliminate infant mortality through father education that includes early child development. Focus on Fathers now works a lot closer with agencies that address infant mortality."- Zakee Darr, Racine Family YMCA
Resources To Share With Families
Resources are vital to support the health and wellbeing of families. Resources that came out of the work of the Collaborative target all points of the life course.
Birthing Project-Sister Friends
Birthing Project USA is the only national African-American maternal and child health program in this country. We are a volunteer effort to encourage better birth outcomes by providing practical support to women during pregnancy and for one year after the birth of their children. Sister Friend program is one strategy of the Birthing Project USA.
Every teen or woman who enrolls in the project is offered a Sister Friend (community volunteer). Sister Friends provide one-on-one friendship and emotional support to help her identify and stay in prenatal care, access other resources, and understand how to be a good parent. Sister Friends are usually there when the baby is born and continue in this expanded family-type relationship until the child is a year old.
For more information, contact the Project Coordinator at (262) 634-0949 or visit their website.
CenteringPregnancy uses a group model of prenatal care that combines six goals – achieving better health outcomes, allowing more time with the provider, providing education related to self-care, promoting support and friendship, improving self-confidence, and fostering an environment of learning and fun.
Rather than meet with your doctor one-on-one in his or her office, you'll be in a group with other women whose due dates are close to yours. Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and early after the baby is born. For more information go to their website.
Interactive nutrition and food safety workshops available in English and Spanish for learners of all ages. Save time and money by learning how to plan healthy, tasty meals, shop smarter, feed picky eaters, and reduce food waste. Classes are free to those eligible for WIC or FoodShare.
The Kenosha/Racine FoodWIse office is located at 1220 Mound Avenue, Racine, WI 53404
For more information click here to download a flyer, visit their website, and check them out on Facebook.
Home Visiting Network
The Home Visiting Network is an evidence-based community project that promotes healthy babies and families.
For more information click here