BCDI and Healthy Start
BCDI-Milwaukee is committed to building on our communities’ strengths, assets, and rich cultural backgrounds to improve and address the range of health issues, disparities and inequalities that have confronted us over the last several decades. Our work has included initiatives to reduce the incidence of SIDS, infant mortality, increase access to quality health care, and promote early health screenings for mothers. Because of this, BCDI-Milwaukee is a proud partner of the Milwaukee County Healthy Start Program.
BCDI-Milwaukee, as a part of the Healthy Start Community Action Network, facilitates monthly meetings around engaging the community to reduce infant mortality. This partnership recently conducted a survey to find out from the community what they believed were the top reasons that babies are born early, unhealthy or in some cases die before their first birthday. The top three reasons that community members listed were
Lack of Economic Stability
Access to quality prenatal education service, and
Lack of quality and safe housing.
Race bias and discrimination were not in the top three but was high on the list. When the question was asked, out of the top three reasons, which one do you believe should be focused on, the first response was Race bias and Discrimination indicating that this is a problem that is foremost on the community’s minds and should be something that should be focused on in order to respond to the concerns of the community.
BCDI-Milwaukee is a part of the Welcome to Milwaukee project that provides parents with a variety of resources to support their newborns during the early childhood development years.
Being concerned about the entire family, BCDI-Milwaukee also takes part in Fatherhood Resource Fairs and engages in other activities to promote father engagement and involvement. Some of the topics included in the resource fairs for fathers include workshops on:
Reckless Driving and Domestic Violence
Job Readiness and Opportunities
Understanding Child Support and
BCDI-Milwaukee has also worked with the curriculum that the National program developed called Good For Me to promote healthy eating habits in the community. This initiative has been found to be successful in changing the knowledge and behavior around healthy nutrition and physical activity with over 10,000 children, parents, and caregivers around the nation.