On October 9th, the Choice Neighborhood Initiative invited community members to Havenwoods State Forest for an "On The Table MKE" discussion about racial disparities in infant mortality and strategies to improve birth outcomes. These activities help support the Best Babies Zone project in the CNI area. #bestbabieszone #OnTheTable #HavenwoodsStateForest #People
October has been a busy month for Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Westlawn, a new initiative to improve healthy birth outcomes in the Choice Neighborhood area. The initiative is building momentum with strong support from community members, a new funding partner, and a visit by the national BBZ team, which is based at the University of California-Berkeley. On October 2, UnitedHealthcare presented the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County with a social innovation grant to su
The Westlawn Best Babies Zone (BBZ) initiative held an informational meeting for community stakeholders on August 1 to begin strategizing ways to improve healthy birth outcomes and reduce racial disparities in infant mortality in the wider Westlawn neighborhood. Mayor Barrett welcomed attendees, and staff from the convening partners (United Way, CNI and the Milwaukee Health Department) led the group through activities to explain the BBZ model and collect ideas for the next st
Members of the Westlawn Best Babies Zone (BBZ) coalition traveled to the national BBZ conference in Oakland, CA in January. BBZ is an innovative, multi-sector approach to reducing infant mortality and racial disparities in birth outcomes.
Last fall, Westlawn was selected as one of nine communities across the nation to receive best practice technical assistance from the BBZ team to improve birth and health outcomes by mobilizing communities to address the social determinan