Celebrating 10 Years in Partnership
CUPH has partnered with the African American Breastfeeding Network since 2013 under a Wisconsin Partnership Program funded project called Normalizing Breastfeeding. Now over 10 years later, with multiple sources of funding, we have developed a genuinely collaborative, trusting, asset-focused relationship that supports programming and evaluation related to African American maternal and infant health in Milwaukee.
Overall, the partnership revolves around working collaboratively on grant opportunities that are aligned with AABN's mission, with CUPH providing evaluation services ranging from design to data collection, technical assistance, training, analysis, and reporting. A guiding principle and practice in CUPH's work with AABN is remaining flexible and responsive to the agency's and community's needs and continuously using data to change programming to better meet the needs of birthing people in Milwaukee. For example, CUPH and AABN meet together to review data outcomes regularly and discuss what story the data are telling so far in that project. We co-decide how to use that data (share with programming staff, develop a press release, use for future grant applications, change programming strategies), and then repeat this process regularly throughout a program's implementation.
The focus on the African American families in Milwaukee and AABN's capacity and infrastructure allows this partnership to remain intentional with data collection and translation to action. Our long-standing partnership and the attention we have paid to transparency and responsiveness allow us to reflect and react positively together, even when challenges arise, or outcomes do not match target objectives. The amount and depth of learning and growth from this partnership is immeasurable and beyond value. We are so thankful for this long-standing partnership and look forward to continued work together!