Expanding a smoking cessation counseling program for pregnant and parenting women

First Breath was created in December 2001 by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation through funding from the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board as a statewide pilot initiative providing smoking cessation counseling to low-income pregnant women. First Breath is offered through local public health departments, federally funded community health centers, and in Native American tribal clinics. A unique aspect of the program is the partnership formed between public, nonprofit, and private organizations at its start, which has continued to grow in the last year. Preliminary program results are promising: 23 percent of First Breath clients have quit smoking during pregnancy; an additional 33 percent have cut down smoking substantially. The purpose of this project is to develop the programmatic materials, infrastructure, and collaborative relationships necessary to expand this pilot program statewide and learn from it as a model for other states.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,953.00

Awarded on: 9/11/2002

Time frame: 10/1/2002 - 8/31/2003

Grant Number: 45798


Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation Inc.

2503 Todd Drive
Madison, 53713-2341


Lisette Jehn
Project Director