Principal Investigator: Joshua Mersky

Co-Investigators: James Topitzes, Colleen Janczewski, and Michael Brondino

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Award No. 1 D89MC28259-01-00

Period: 1/1/17 – 12/21/21

Collaborating Partners: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Research Overview: This project expands an ongoing evaluation of Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting Program, which currently coordinates home visiting programs across 15 counties and four tribal regions. In addition to evaluating statewide program outcomes, this project launched the Families and Children Thriving (FACT) Study, a multi-wave, longitudinal investigation of client and staff health and well-being.

The FACT Study aims to generate new insights into maternal risk and protective factors, physical and mental health, parenting, as well as participation and engagement in services. The FACT Study also examines linkages between children’s early environments and their development, health, and well-being. Furthermore, data will be collected to assess the health and well-being of home visiting program personnel, including their history of adverse experiences, current levels of stress, burnout and secondary traumatic stress, and job satisfaction.