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Pabst Catalyst Initiative: A Catalyst for Women’s Health
The Pabst Catalyst Initiative emerged as the result of a private start-up donation from Joseph Pabst in 2014 to foster partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The primary purpose is to improve the health of women in Milwaukee, merging public health and clinical practice.
Collaborative conversations lead to a shared question: “If there is clear evidence to support a policy and/or program intervention to advance women’s health, and there are places that already have translated this science into effective policies and practices with demonstrated improved health outcomes, why can’t we do that here?” The Pabst Catalyst Initiative identifies evidence-based, proven practices and explores strategies for integrating what works with local efforts to improve the health and well-being of women.
The initial goals of the Pabst Catalyst Initiative are to:
Cultivate cross-sector, cross-institution, and interdisciplinary partnerships for women’s health.
Improve the health and well being of women and children, and their families in Milwaukee and beyond through uptake of proven interventions for health improvement.
Facilitate a clear and collective understanding of the science.
Foster the adaptation of evidence-based practices in the design and delivery of public and population health policies and programs in Milwaukee.
Associate Professor; Faculty Director of the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Pilot Project 2015
The Pabst Catalyst Initiative currently functions as an umbrella initiative with the hope of fostering many replicable projects to better women’s health. The first pilot project centers on improving health for women and children, in Milwaukee, with two targeted outcomes: a reduction in unintended pregnancies and improved birth outcomes. The evidence-based clinical intervention with successful public health practices elsewhere in the U.S. is Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC).
Is LARC an underutilized as a prevention strategy in Milwaukee? The Initiative will organize and execute a kick-off workshop, in June of 2015, to convene community stakeholders, establish a collective understanding of the science and explore successful models of LARC implementation. Ideas cultivated by the conference will guide next steps for action.
June - August 2015
September - October 2015
October 2015 and Beyond
Problem identification, define pilot
Event 1- Kick Off Conference: Understand the science & establish a common knowledge base
Opt-In Collaborative Learning Teams: Put science into action to facilitate barrier busting
Event 2 – Lessons Learned: Pitch solutions and seek community consultation
Increase uptake and implementation
Action Learning Workshop for Women’s Health – LARC – June 17, 2015