Sociologists Focusing on Fathers

Sociologists Noelle Chesley (UWM) and Sarah Halpern-Meekin (UW-Madison) are partnering with the Racine Family YMCA in their Focus on Fathers Initiative to strengthen families and communities by improving father involvement in African American families. The Focus on Fathers initiative, which is funded through a two-year grant provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, will extend and augment programming intended to help support young African American fathers. The programs funded by the project will assist young African American fathers in the development of parenting and healthy relationship skills that are designed to build sustainable and healthy families and reduce infant mortality in Racine County, WI.