Community Advisory Board

What is the Community Advisory Board?

The University of Wisconsin Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) Community Advisory Board aims to have equal representation from community members with lived experience (Family Circle) and individuals representing state agencies and organizations that provide services and advocacy (Organizational Partners).

The CAB is 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 will advise the UWPRC on various research and translation activities by reviewing the Center’s research and translation agenda annually, advising the Core Research Project and any other research supported by the UWPRC, informing & growing involvement in the UWPRC Small Grants program, and advising on other Center activities.

Current Organizational Partners

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Department of Health Services Title V

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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)

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The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care works to improve perinatal health outcomes for women, infants, and their families by: Leading collaborative efforts that promote, develop, and coordinate systems of evidence-based, high quality perinatal care in Wisconsin; Providing and supporting professional educational programs that focus on the continuum of perinatal care; Valuing and engaging the talented and diverse community of perinatal health care advocates; Increasing public awareness of perinatal health.

WAPC is an individual membership association of professionals working in perinatal health throughout the state of Wisconsin and nationally. As a leader in perinatal care since 1970, WAPC’s new and ongoing initiatives span the perinatal period — from preconception through an infant’s first year of life.

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