Community Partnerships

Community Advisory Board

The UWPRC will establish a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to advise on research and translation activities. The CAB will be rooted in the following core engagement principles:

  • Centering lived experience and knowledge as a critical perspective in prevention research;
  • Strengthening capacity of community partners to inform the research and translation agenda; and
  • Supporting successful partnerships between communities and researchers.

The CAB aims to have equal representation from community members with lived experience (Family Circle) and individuals representing organizations that provide advocacy and services (Organizational Partners Circle). CAB members will be involved in co-shaping their role once fully established.

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Sheri Johnson (middle) with CAB members Walter Orzechowski (left) and Dalvery Blackwell (right)

Current Organizational Partners Circle Members:

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Department of Health Services Title V

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH Program) is a part of the Division of Public Health within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The program receives Federal Title V funding and collaborates with local health departments, tribal health agencies, community-based organizations, statewide organizations, and other partners to assure quality health services are delivered to mothers, children, and families, including children with special health care needs.


RISE is a community-based non-profit that provides early childhood home visiting programs, mental health services, and emergency respite to individuals and families throughout Dane County. Their mission is to advance the wellness of children, individuals, and families by providing early childhood and mental health services to help community and family thrive.

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP)

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The Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP) is a non-profit organization that provides services in the areas of housing, energy, food, early childhood and adult education, healthcare and transportation to community members in five counties in Southwestern Wisconsin. The mission of the SWCAP is to assist people and families in poverty with services to resolve or mitigate the impact of poverty and to help them move out of poverty.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)

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The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is a state agency that provides a variety of programs and services to children and families across Wisconsin. The vision of the Department of Children and Families is that all Wisconsin children and youth are safe and loved members of thriving families and communities.

March of Dimes

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The March of Dimes is a national organization that fights for the health of all moms and babies.  Their goals are to end preventable maternal health risks and death; to end preventable pre-term birth and infant death; to eliminate the health equity gap. They are committed to leveling the playing field once and for all by advocating for policies promoting safe and healthy communities; engaging partners at the local and national levels; seeking answers through social science research; improving access to care in every community; training health care providers to tackle bias; rallying every American around a common goal . . . health equity for all.  Programs in Wisconsin include Stork’s Nest, NICU Family Support, Supportive Pregnancy Care group prenatal care, and Breaking Through Bias in Maternity Care training among other titles.

Centro Hispano

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Centro Hispano of Dane County provides culturally-tailored and linguistically appropriate services to the Latino community in Dane County to support youth, adults, community engagement, and advocacy. Their mission is Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families, Engaging the Community in such a way that Dane County will be a community where Latino families can aspire upward, to reach their personal goals and dreams because they feel engaged and strengthened with the tools for success.

African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN)


The mission of AABN is to improve maternal and infant health and champion breastfeeding equity by (1) advocating system/policy changes, (2) partnering with community allies and (3) implementing community-based, family-centered, culturally tailored health education and support services.

Kids Forward

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Kids Forward is a private, non-partisan, non-profit, statewide organization that works to improve outcomes for children through research, public education, community engagement, and activism. Their mission is to inspire action and promote access to opportunity for every kid, every family, and every community in Wisconsin , particularly children and families of color and those furthest from opportunity.

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)

Translational Partners Panel

To support the translation of UWPRC’s research findings into public health practice, the Center will establish a Translational Partners Panel (TPP) to collaborate with and advise the Center on translation related activities. Comprised of statewide partners and stakeholders, and in partnership with the UWPRC Community Advisory Board (CAB), the TPP will:

  • Identify additional translation partners to provide input into research products;
  • Advise on communication plans for research products;
  • Advise on potential dissemination and institutionalization partners;
  • Advise on translation packaging; and
  • Ensure that health equity considerations are part of all translation efforts.

UWPRC Translational Partners Panel – As of December 2019
Child Abuse and Prevention Board
Head Start Association WI
Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF)
Public Health Madison & Dane County
United Way of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB)
Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
Wisconsin Medicaid
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA)

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