Families and Children Thriving (FACT) Study

Background

The Families and Children Thriving (FACT) Study is a HRSA-funded, ongoing panel investigation of risk and resilience among over 1,700 low-income families that have received home visiting services through Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting program. ICFW is gathering multiple waves of survey data to assess child, caregiver, and household outcomes, including physical and mental health, adversity and social support, parenting, and child development. We also collect data annually from home visitors and other program staff to learn more about their professional development and personal well-being.

Results from the FACT Study are shared with federal and state partners to support the ongoing evaluation of the Family Foundations Home Visiting program and with home visiting staff to support continuous program quality improvement.

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FACT Publications

Janczewski, C. E., Mersky, J. P., & Plummer Lee, C. (2021). A brief measure of workplace environment for health and human service professionals. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance.

Mersky, J. P., Plummer Lee, C., Janczewski, C. E. (in press). Toward the assessment of adverse adult experiences: A validation study of the Adult Experiences Survey. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Gilbert, R., Mersky, J. P., & Plummer Lee, C. (2021). Prevalence and correlates of vaccine hesitancy in a sample of low-income mothers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 21, 101292.

Choi, C., Mersky, J. P., Janczewski, C. E., Plummer Lee, C., Davies, W. H., & Lang, A. C. (2020). Validity of an expanded assessment of adverse childhood experiences: A replication study. Children and Youth Services Review, 117, 105216.

Mersky, J. P., Plummer Lee, C., Gilbert, R. M., Goyal, D. (2020). Prevalence and correlates of maternal and infant sleep problems in a low-income US sample. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 24(2), 196-203.

Mersky, J. P., & Plummer Lee, C. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and poor birth outcomes in a diverse, low-income sample. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19(387), 1-7.

Mersky, J. P., Plummer Lee, C., & Gilbert, R. M. (2019). Client and provider discomfort with an adverse childhood experiences survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(2), e51-e58.

Mersky, J. P., & Janczewski, C. E. (2018). Adverse childhood experiences and postpartum depression in home visiting programs: Prevalence, association, and mediating mechanisms. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(7), 1051-1058.

Mersky, J. P., Janczewski, C. E., & Nitkowski, J. C. (2018). Pathways to poor mental health among low-income women in the U.S.:  Exploring the role of adverse childhood and adult experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 206, 14-21.

Mersky, J. P., & Janczewski, C. E. (2018). Racial and ethnic differences in the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences: Findings from a low-income sample of US women. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 480-487.

Mersky, J. P., Janczewski, C. E., & Topitzes, J. (2017). Rethinking the measurement of adversity: Moving toward second-generation research on adverse childhood experiences. Child Maltreatment, 22(1), 58-68.

ICFW Team

Allison Amphlett
Colleen Janczewski
ChienTi Lee
Joshua Mersky

Funding

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Partners

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

All Child & Family Well-Being