Understanding the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Prevention Services


July 2015 – December 2016

This project aims to translate research on adverse childhood experiences into prevention and intervention applications within the context of home visiting services in order to improve population health outcomes.

Home visiting program data from the Central Racine County Health Department and other agencies statewide will be used to explore the link between a mother’s own childhood adversity and her children’s risk of unwanted outcomes such as pregnancy loss, infant mortality, and child maltreatment.

Results will be disseminated to a network of family, program, and policy stakeholders in the local community and statewide. This community-university partnership holds the potential of improving the quality of home visiting services and other interventions that promote the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable children and families.


Joshua Mersky
Dimitri Topitzes


Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Central Racine County Health Department

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