The Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded David Pate a $1 million grant in support of his work with the Milwaukee Re-entry Alliance to address the widespread negative health effects of incarceration.
Working with nonprofit Employ Milwaukee, Pate is working to establish a better coordinated re-entry system to support people who have been in jail or prison. Pate is an associate professor and chairman of the department of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and a 2018 distinguished undergraduate teaching awardee.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program is a program based in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents statewide.
According to the organization’s news release announcing a total $4 million in grants to fund health equity initiatives like the Milwaukee Re-Entry Alliance: “Incarceration influences a myriad of factors that shape and affect the health of incarcerated individuals and their families, and compounds socio-economic inequities within families and the entire community. Generationally, incarceration erodes the family structure and compromises access to education, employment and housing by removing a central family member from contributing to the economic stability it takes to create a safe and enriching environment for a child.”
For more about Pate’s research, visit his university website or listen to his interview on “UWM Today,” airing Thursday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. on WUWM-FM (89.7).