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Empowering Families of Milwaukee

Empowering Families of Milwaukee (EFM) uses evidence-based models to provide long-term home visitation to families. The focus of EFM is pregnant women and their children.

Nearly half of all children in Milwaukee live in poverty, leaving Milwaukee's families at risk for poor prenatal, birth, infant, and child development outcomes.  EFM applies evidence-based models to improve outcomes for Milwaukee's families. The program facilitates access to health, social, and child development support for families through Public Health Nurses and Social Workers.


What services does EFM offer?

EFM's services to families include:

  • Health assessments and information

  • Goal setting and care planning

  • Development screenings, information, and activities

  • Home safety assessments

  • Parenting education and tools

  • Referrals to community resources and invitations to community events


Who is eligible to participate in this program?

To any City of Milwaukee teenage and adult woman of any age who are pregnant and live in the City of Milwaukee. Services are offered for up to 3 years from enrollment.


What are the goals of EFM?

The long-term goals of EFM are to:

  • Improve birth outcomes

  • Enhance family functioning

  • Support child health, safety, and development

  • Prevent child abuse and neglect


How is EFM funded?

The State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families awarded the City of Milwaukee Health Department a grant through the Family Foundations Comprehensive Home Visiting Program. 


Where can I find more information about home visitation?

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Maternal and Child Health Division

(414) 286-8620
Fax: (414) 286-5480

1639 S. 23rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

How do I make a referral?

Fill out and submit the Home Visiting Interest and Referral Form 


Contact the City of Milwaukee Health Department's Central Intake and Referral line at (414) 286-8620.

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