Racine Elevates All Children’s Health (REACH) Study

Racine Elevates All Children’s Health (REACH) Study


October 2018 – December 2022

Racine Elevates All Children’s Health (REACH) is an impact study of Family Connects, a postpartum nurse visiting program that is being implemented by the Central Racine County Health Department in partnership with Ascension All Saints Hospital. Extending promising results from an initial trial in Durham, North Carolina, this replication study will test the program’s effects on an array of outcomes, including maternal health and well-being, infant health and development, and family functioning. We also will assess program impacts on healthcare utilization and child protective service involvement. Results will be shared with diverse stakeholders to facilitate ongoing efforts to disseminate Family Connects throughout the state and nationwide.

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REACH Publications

Mersky, J. P., Choi, C., & Plummer Lee, C. (2022). Quasinatural experiment of postnatal home visiting: An independent impact study of Family Connects. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 63(5), 783-789.

Mersky, J. P., Choi, C., Langlieb, J., Plummer Lee, C., & Chang, P. (in press). Increasing equitable access to home visiting: An independent implementation study of Family Connects. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., Langlieb, J., & Dodge, K. (2021). Increasing equity in mental health treatment access through trauma-responsive and collaborative systems of care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 91(6), 703–713.


Changyong Choi
ChienTi Lee
Joshua Mersky
Dimitri Topitzes


Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board


Central Racine County Health Department

Ascension All Saints Hospital

All Child & Family Well-Being