Quarter 2 | June 2024
Program Updates & Reminders
Two Year Expansion Anniversary!

First Breath is celebrating our two-year anniversary of expanded services from just tobacco to all perinatal substance use.
During the past two years, we are proud to report:

* 432 perinatal health providers have completed our new onboarding training

* 98% of providers are satisfied and 100% are confident in their ability

* 1605 pregnant and postpartum people have been referred to the program

* 1556 received substance use education via our texting program

* 501 received one-to-one coaching
from a FB Health Educator

We look forward to working with you to support pregnant and parenting people to improve maternal and child health in Wisconsin.
First Breath Spotlight: First Breath Program Graduate
"I quit smoking due to being in the hospital for a month during my pregnancy because my water broke early. Once I got out, I stayed quit cause I was/am breastfeeding my premature baby and he deserves nothing but the best and the best start to his already hard life.
My chest no longer bursts in the morning when I wake up. It feels easier to breathe, I can enjoy things better and more with my children. We also have more money to do fun family things. Life has just been all around more enjoyable.
If I can quit anyone can quit!!!! Quitting is so worth it. Stay strong, hold in there, it gets easier I promise. I have been quit for 8 months now and I have not had a craving since like the third or fourth month. You can do it and you will be so happy you did!!!!!"
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Complete Our Online Training
We look forward to working with you to support pregnant and parenting people and to improve maternal and child health in Wisconsin.

If you have not already completed the training since July 2022, we are asking all First Breath sites & referring staff to complete this
1-hour training.
Do you submit First Breath Referrals via Fax?
Our FAX Number is 855.746.8502
Program Utilization
Thank you for your support and utilization of the First Breath program. 
Below are reports reflecting First Breath data thus far in 2024 (1/1/2024-5/31/2024).

First Breath is now using data visualization to monitor program utilization and outcomes. Check it out below!
Check in on First Breath's Monthly Dashboard!
Stay up to date with Monthly, Site-Specific Progress Reports!
Interested in learning about First Breath's tobacco reach by county?
Congratulations to the First Breath sites with the highest number of referrals for pregnant and postpartum people year-to-date:

  1. Aurora Medical Group - Marinette - 20
  2. Ascension St. Joseph Women's Outpatient Center - 18
  3. Health and Nutrition Services of Racine, Inc. - 18
  4. Aurora Health Center - Oshkosh - 13
  5. Beloit Health System - Beloit Clinic - 11
  6. UW Health 20 S. Park Clinic - 11
  7. Milwaukee Women's Care Center - 10
  8. United Healthcare Community Plan - 10
  9. Milwaukee Health Services, Inc - 9
  10. Columbia St. Mary's OBGYN Residency Clinic Women's Hospital - 8
  11. Aspirus Stevens Point - 7
  12. Froedtert Hospital Clinics (OB/GYN & MFCC) - 7
  13. MHS Health Wisconsin - 7
  14. UW Health Union Corners - 7
News & Resources
Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) Use & Cessation

Join Dr. Jon O. Ebbert, MD, Medical Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center, Wednesday, September 4, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Dr. Ebbert will review ENDS generations, the prevalence of use, health risks, why ENDS are hard to quit, and how to treat people's dependence on ENDS.
CDC report: in 2021, 1 in 20 women reported smoking during pregnancy, and more than half quit during pregnancy. One in 13 women reported smoking after delivery. Almost all were asked about smoking at prenatal visits, however, only 3 in 5 were asked at their postpartum checkup. Clinicians are encouraged to routinely discuss smoking with pregnant and postpartum patients and counsel them about resources to help them quit.  
GrapeVine
Are you a Nurse or Certified Health Education Specialist? Are you passionate about sharing chronic disease prevention information with your Wisconsin community?

We invite you to become a GrapeVine Partner! 

GrapeVine is a community-based chronic disease prevention program operated by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation. It is dedicated to helping Wisconsin residents achieve their healthiest potential, at any age.

We partner with local health professionals (GrapeVine Partners) and connect directly with community members to share relevant, reliable, and accessible health information, support, and resources. GrapeVine Partners serve as volunteers of the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, though many incorporate education sessions into their job duties with the support of their employer.
For more information, please visit: 
Women's Health Webinar Series

Using virtual platforms, WWHF's GrapeVine Program is providing a Women's Health Webinar Series. Interested? See what sessions are coming up (below)!
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
10:30am-11:30am
Topic: Mental Health: What if We Talked About it?

Wednesday, August 14, 2024
11:00am-12:00pm
Topic: Opioid Misuse Prevention: What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Thursday, September 12, 2024
12:00pm-1:00pm
Topic: Change Your Diet Mindset: The Basics of a Health Eating Pattern

Tuesday, October 15, 2024
10:30am-11:30am
Topic: Navigating Breast Health: Breast Cancer Protection to Detection
Questions or Feedback?
We'd love to hear from you! Email to firstbreath@wwhf.org
First Breath is Wisconsin's program to help people make positive changes to their tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use during pregnancy & beyond.
First Breath is operated by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation with funding from the Wisconsin Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Program & Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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