The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 25 academic institutions to receive five-year funding (2019 to 2024) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a Prevention Research Center, with the mission of improving the health of low-income women, infants and families in Wisconsin. The exact amount of funding will be announced in the fall.

The goal of the center is to study how communities and individuals can avoid risk for chronic illness, in particular, during pregnancy and early childhood. Postpartum depression and the infant mortality rate will be a focus. In Wisconsin, African American babies die at nearly three times the rate of white babies.

The Prevention Research Center is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Institute for Research on Poverty and the School of Human Ecology.

Deborah Ehrenthal, associate professor i the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and population health sciences, will be the center’s director.