Dr. Walsh to Collaborate on “Black Fathers, Equal Partners in Advancing Maternal and Infant Health”

Tova WalshAssistant Professor Tova Walsh recently received funding for a project to engage Black fathers in efforts to address persistent disparities in maternal and infant health. The project, “Black Fathers, Equal Partners in Advancing Maternal and Infant Health,” is a collaboration with the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) in Milwaukee.

In close partnership with AABN, Walsh and colleagues will conduct a needs assessment among Black expectant fathers and mothers in Milwaukee and seek community input to develop programming to support the wellbeing of Black fathers in the perinatal period and promote paternal contributions to maternal and infant health.

Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies Department is a co-PI with Walsh. Community partners include Dalvery Blackwell, Executive Director of AABN and Brooks Griffin, AABN’s Father Advocate.

Funding comes the Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Award from the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.