Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Fourth Annual Meeting (2015)

Wisconsin Dells, WI US
October 30, 2015


Research shows that the two things that parents can do to promote optimal development in their infants/toddlers is regular bedtimes and daily reading. Only one third of our states at risk children are being read to on a regular basis. Nationally, 34% of children start kindergartners without the language skills they need to be able to learn to read. Wisconsin has the worst disparity rates in educational achievements of any state in the nation.

This is the Fourth Annual Meeting for Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, the state coalition of the national, evidence-based early literacy program. We seek to further educate our providers (from our 146 programs throughout the state located in pediatric and family medicine clinics) on the issues of early brain and child development, literacy development, and to enhance their clinical skills in engaging with families.  

Learning to read is a life-long skill which impacts school performance, positive community engagement, employability and life-long health. When medical providers understand that future reading success is directly linked to age appropriate infant and toddler language development, they will be better equipped to capitalize on the unique role and potential impact they can have in this crucial area.

Our program is aimed at doctors whose clinics participate or are in application with the national, evidence-based early literacy program Reach Out and Read. We aim to deepen their knowledge and thought processes around the well-child visit, language development and early brain development, strengthen their relationships (and impact) with their patients’ parents through learning motivational interview techniques.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 5.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Target Audience

Medical providers (and other staff) at pediatric and family medicine clinics who provide Reach Out and Read early literacy services, or are in application to develop  a Reach Out and Read program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how being read to impacts brain activity in a child.
  2. Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to positively impact the quality and quantity of time parents spend reading with their children
  3. Describe three ways to discern a high-quality children’s book (used during the exam room interaction and for families to take home) for three age groups: infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Additional information


Karin Mahony
Phone Number: 
+1 (608) 890-6760
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/30/2015 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/30/2015 - 3:30pm CDT
Chula Vista Resort
2501 River Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
United States

Planning Committee:
Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW (Activity Director & Speaker)
Emilia Arana
Susan Krasovich, MD
Lisa McKeal
Wendy Molaska, MD
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD (Planner & Speaker)

Allie Ceranske, Children’s Health Alliance program coordinator 
Blaine Conlet, RN
Jon Fricke, UW Madison, Medical Student
Paul Grossberg, MD
Kathleen Horning
John Hutton, MD, FAAP
Andrea Miller, MD
Heather Smaby, UW Madison, Medical Student
Terra Thimm, UW Madison, Medical Student


Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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