DHS to spend $16 million in grants to boost maternal, child health

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working with the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Madison to boost maternal and child health in the state.

The DHS  announced that $16 million would be spent on grants for the initiative. Each school will receive $5.5 million, and the remaining funds will go towards the DHS’ Maternal and Child Health Program.

“Through these grant funds, partners will be able to develop a comprehensive approach to improving health outcomes for Wisconsin’s vulnerable populations that is both impactful and self-sustaining,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said.

Officials said that the grants will focus on societal factors that may affect the health of mothers and children including access to affordable housing, expanding doula and midwife programs and providing pre-conception care and education.

The grants are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.