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Patrice Onheiber MPA

Patrice Mocny Onheiber, MPA, is the director of the Disparities in Birth Outcomes program at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in Health Services Administration in 1983. She graduated cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in sociology in 1973.

Ms Onheiber has worked in the field of maternal and child health for more than 30 years, and has held supervisory, program management, and policy analyst positions in public health and Medicaid.

At the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, she has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and evaluation of major departmental initiatives, including a comprehensive home visiting program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Prenatal Care Coordination Medicaid benefit, Wisconsin's Family Planning Waiver, and an early identification of pregnancy program.

In her current role, she is responsible for coordinating the work of department staff and community partners to develop and institute a five-year plan to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, including public awareness; quality improvement measures; community and evidence-based practices; monitoring trends in low birth weight, prematurity, and SIDS; and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.