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

Special to The Freeman

April 21, 2014

MILWAUKEE – The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin has awarded $158,000 over two years to the Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth project through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Wraparound Milwaukee, a system of care for children who have serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs, is the lead community partner on the project, according to a MCW statement. 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 statement said.

Wendi Ehrman, a doctor, associate professor of pediatrics at MCW and a specialist in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will work with the Milwaukee Adolescent Health Program, Wrap-around Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and Rethink Resources to investigate common risk factors for sex trafficking.

Those factors will then be used to identify youth in need of intervention and services, such as physical and mental health care, according to the statement.