Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Third Annual Meeting (2014)

Wisconsin Dells, WI US
November 14, 2014


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 Third 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 101 programs throughout the state located in pediatric and family medicine clinics) on the issues of early literacy development, and working with special populations.

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 medical providers 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, strengthening their relationships (and impact) with their Latino patients, and how to strengthen their own skills in teaching parents how to engage with their child over a book.

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.

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. Demonstrate two new techniques for assisting parents in engaging with and reading with their young children.
  2. Understand how early literacy promotion can positively impact issues of health literacy.
  3. Understand, interact with and medically support my youngest Latino patients and their families.
Additional information


Karin Mahony
Phone Number: 
+1 (608) 890-6760
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: 
11/14/2014 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
11/14/2014 - 3:30pm
Great Wolf Lodge
1400 Great Wolf Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
United States

1400 Great Wolf Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


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Planning Committee:
Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW (Activity Director & Speaker)
Wendy Molaska, MD
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD (Planner & Speaker)
Chris Purdy, RN
Richard Strauss, MD

Mariana Glusman, MD 
Susan Golz, LPN                        
Merri Lindgren, MLIS
Deanna Pacelli, Read to Me program

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following person

NameCompany Role

Paul D. Smith, MD




Abt Associates, Inc.

Wisconsin Health Information Organization

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.

Principal Investigator





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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