The Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes (GRC4HBO)

The Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes (GRC4HBO)



The Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes (GRC4HBO), an initiative of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency (RKCAA), was formed in 2008 as a response to the high infant mortality public health crisis in Racine, Wis. Through the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) project, a Community Action Plan was created and implemented.

The mission of the collaborative is to reduce African American infant mortality and improve the health and wellbeing of African American women, children and families in the Greater Racine community.

The work of the collaborative is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Covering Kids and Families  Wisconsin, and the Medical College of Wisconsin Racine Community Foundation

 The goals of the Collaborative are to:

·         Reduce African American infant and fetal mortality by 20% by 2019

·         Reduce African American premature births by 20% by 2019

The strategies of the collaborative include focus on:

o    Improving adolescent health

o    Improving healthcare access and resources

o    Improving breastfeeding support

o    Improving community awareness of support services

 Partnering Agencies

·         Acelero Learning

·         Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

·         Ascension-All Saints

·         Baby Express/Black Infant Health

·         Catholic Charities

·         Central Racine County Health Department

·         City of Racine Health Department

·         Health & Nutrition Service of Racine

·         Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

·         Kenosha Racine Walworth Tobacco-Free Coalition

·         Professional Women’s Network for Service, Inc.

·         Racine County Workforce Development Center

·         Racine County Home Visitation Network

·         Racine County Human Services Department

·         Racine Family YMCA-Focus On Fathers

·         Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc

·         Racine Unified School District

·         Racine Vocational Ministry

·         Representative Cory Mason’s Office

·         United Healthcare

·         University of Wisconsin-Extension

·         University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-School of Nursing

·         University of Wisconsin-Parkside

·         PLUS –Faith Based Organizations and Community Volunteers



For more information about the work of Racine Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, go to





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