First Breath Families
$1MILLION GRANT EXPANDS EFFORTS TO FIGHT TOBACCO ADDICTION IN WISCONSIN
First Breath Families Program Selected for the Community Impact Grant
Madison, WI (December 19, 2017)– The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF), in conjunction with the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI), is pleased to announce a $1 million grant award from the Wisconsin Partnership Program. The grant will be provided over five years to First Breath Families, an existing partnership program from both organizations. First Breath Families will significantly expand its efforts to bring tobacco cessation services to high-risk individuals, families and communities across Wisconsin and will seek systems changes that will provide sustainable funding for these services.
This project was one of four awards recently funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health through its Community Impact Grants program. The projects were selected for their potential to create conditions, as well as systems and policy solutions, that lead to equitable and sustainable improvements in health.
“We are honored to be selected as one of the four grant recipients through the Community Impact Grant program” said Lisette Khalil, Operations Director, WWHF. “Our team is so passionate about this work, and has years of experience helping pregnant and postpartum women quit smoking. By including other family members who also smoke, we have a significant impact on their success, and increase the number of children who grow up in smoke-free homes. Thanks to the funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, our evidence based smoking cessation program will be able to expand and help more families throughout Wisconsin.”
“We’re looking forward to supporting WWHF in this important endeavor,” said Dr. Bruce Christiansen, a researcher at UW-CTRI. “Its value, in terms of ensuring mothers and babies are healthy, cannot be overstated.”
Tobacco use during pregnancy remains one of Wisconsin’s leading preventable causes of poor birth outcomes and, in some communities, up to one in three women smoke during pregnancy. The First Breath Families team will collaborate with local agencies that serve pregnant and postpartum women and their families, provide statewide access to local WWHF Quit Coaches, and develop participant-informed services. By reaching, serving and engaging with high-risk populations, the project aims to reduce health inequities and improve health for women, infants, children and families in Wisconsin.
About Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides health services and education for women and families. WWHF has 6 statewide programs in all 72 Wisconsin counties, serving over 5,000 women each year. WWHF services and research initiatives are rooted in evidence-based prevention of the diseases and conditions that most impact Wisconsin women’s wellness. WWHF’s mission is to innovate, impact, and improve women’s health.
www.wwhf.org or 800-448-5148
UW-CTRI is a nationally recognized research center founded in 1992 and committed to determining the nature of tobacco dependence and developing evidence-based treatments to assist smokers. UW-CTRI, part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has helped more than 250,000 smokers.
www.ctri.wisc.edu or 608-262-8673