Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment awards $158,000 to combat sex trafficking among youth

April 21, 2014

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment awarded $158,000 over two years to the Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth (POHSEY) project through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP).

Wraparound Milwaukee, a unique system of care for children with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs and their families, is the lead community partner on the project. The goal of the POHSEY project is to improve the identification and treatment of youth who are at-risk for or are victims of sex trafficking.

The law defines involving a child in a commercial sex act or sexually explicit performance as human trafficking. Last year, the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission released a report estimating that, over a two-year period, 77 children were identified as victims of sex trafficking in Milwaukee. The landmark report put a number on the problem for the first time. However, because the report only included youth who had police contact, the partners on this project believe that many more youth are actually affected in Milwaukee.

Academic partner Wendi Ehrman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at MCW and a specialist in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Adolescent Health Program, Wraparound Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and Rethink Resources, will investigate common risk factors for sex trafficking that can be used to identify youth in need of intervention and services, such as physical and mental health care.

Studies indicate that the information collected by health care providers and the juvenile justice system contains many known factors for evaluating the risk of commercial sexual exploitation. The goal of this project is to use data from Milwaukee’s juvenile justice system and other system agencies to create a new method for identifying those youth who have experienced sex trafficking or who are at risk for being victimized.

HWPP has awarded a total of $2.3 million as part of its ninth funding cycle. POHSEY is one of nine project awards by HWPP in 2013 to partnerships between academics and community health and non-profit organizations for urban, rural and statewide health improvement projects in Wisconsin. HWPP is a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment, a fund stewarded by MCW with the mission of serving as a catalyst for positive change in the health of Wisconsin communities.

Community Watch

» 360NOW: Wander Wawatosa's village 4/29

» Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes new female giraffe calf 4/29

» Video Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa 4/28

» Wauwatosa seeks volunteers for focus groups on city communication 4/28

» Show about solitary confinement encourages discussion, activism 4/28

» Annual Tosa Night Out celebration will relocate to Milwaukee County Zoo Updated:  4/27

» District leaders question use of Wauwatosa schools as voting locations Updated:  4/27

» Area businesses collaborate to create the 'Cranky Sammie' in East Tosa 4/27

» Wauwatosa Sports Notes: Players sign with colleges, baseball fundraiser, more 4/26

» Wauwatosa West sprinters stand out at Kansas Relays 4/26

» Wauwatosa West' Hannah-Howell, Jefferson shine at Sun Prairie Track Meet 4/26

» Wauwatosa West tennis team wins three of four at Raider/Trojan Invite 4/26

» Wauwatosa golfers finish fifth at first GMC mini meet 4/26

» Wauwatosa East kickers go 2-1 at Mt. Prospect Invitational, lose to DSHA, beat Homestead 4/26

» Wauwatosa West soccer team tied for first in Woodland with 4-0 record 4/26

» Principal's racial comment to Wauwatosa West student sparks protest at school Updated:  4/25

» Severe thunderstorm watch in effect 4/25

» Political memorabilia appraiser makes stop in Wauwatosa 4/25

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay 4/25

» Cheryl Berdan steps in as Wauwatosa Common Council president 4/22

» Video Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week 4/21

» Wauwatosa business Nurturing the Nest offers postpartum support to moms, dads Updated:  4/21

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Realignment in area conferences and the status of girls/women's basketball in Wisconsin 4/21

» Walled garden, dog park to replace Wauwatosa's aging Eschweiler buildings 4/20

» Matt Kender is Wauwatosa East's new football coach 4/20

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporters Rory Linnane or Rachel Minske explore the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

Advertisement

CONNECT