Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Eighth Annual Meeting (2019)

Oshkosh, WI US
October 11, 2019

Research shows 90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. During this critical time, parents and caregivers who read aloud to their kids are building early language and literacy skills that will allow children to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Wisconsin’s educational achievement disparity are among the worst in the nation.

Early intervention programs like Reach Out and Read can work to alleviate these disparities. Our annual meeting’s objective is to provide education and information to foster a literacy rich environment within primary care clinics. We will educate our attendees on early literacy development strategies, clinical skills for engaging with Amish/Mennonite families, and the latest research in regards to brain and child development. 

Children who are not exposed to reading from a very young age, enter kindergarten with lower vocabulary scores and are unprepared to learn to read. Of those children with limited reading exposure, 88% never catch-up. Learning to read is a life-long skill which impacts school performance, positive community engagement, employability, and life-long health. 

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

  • List two benefits of reading physical books with young children vs. reading on electronic devices.
  • Attendees will be able to list two state entities that could be used for referrals and how to access information on the Well Badger website for children with developmental concerns.
  • Describe two Reach Out and Read best practices that other clinics in the state have used.
Additional information


Alex Rogers
Phone Number: 
+1 (608) 442-4175
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/11/2019 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/11/2019 - 2:45pm CDT
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
1 N Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
United States
+1 (920) 230-1900

Planning Committee:

  • Emilia Arana, MD
  • Susanne Krasovich, MD
  • Wendy Molaska, MD
  • Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS
  • Alex Rogers


  • Sarah Campbell, MD, Ascension Medical Group NE Wisconsin St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
  • Jamie Donath, LPN
  • Danae Hischke, Prevea Health
  • Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW, project manager, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
  • Rebecca Mather, prevention education coordinator, Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board
  • Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP, co-chair, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Advisory Council
  • Tiffany Munzer, MD, Research Fellow, University of Michigan
  • Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, medical director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin


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 4.0 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 4.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

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


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