Prenatal to Five Summit 2017

Wisconsin’s Prenatal to Five Initiative officially launched in 2017 at the June 2 Prenatal to Five Summit: Elevating the Early Years through Access and Equity hosted by the Center for Child and Family Well-being at UW-Madison. On that date, 300 community practitioners, members, leaders, and scholars convened to take the first steps in advancing best practices and strategies to improve life for children and families in Wisconsin.

The Prenatal to Five Initiative focuses on the earliest times in a child’s life, looking for ways we can enhance proper brain development and work to improve the quality of life in our state and our nation. SoHE is driven to create a unique, innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching, researching, and engagement in a manner that enhances the Wisconsin Idea. Through the human ecology lens, we investigate the impact of housing, nutrition, physical health, education, parenting, and more during this key period of life.

Summit Speakers and Topics

Photos courtesy of Andy Manis
Provost MangelsdorfRemarks from Campus

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf

Representative Joan BallwegCommunity Efforts to Strengthen Families

Representative Joan Ballweg
Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus


Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPHCritical Role of Women’s Health Before, During, and After Pregnancy

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH
Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Evelyn CruzHealth Equity Title V Block Grant

Evelyn Cruz, Maternal & Child Health Equity Consultant
WI DPH/Family Health Section



Kristin Slack, Ph.D.Poverty and Child Maltreatment

Kristin Slack, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Joshua Mersky, Ph.D.Embedding Home Visiting in a System of Care: A Population Health Approach

Joshua Mersky, Ph.D.
Institute for Child & Family Well-Being
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ruth SchmidtChild Care Requires Teacher Care

Ruth Schmidt
Executive Director
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association


Michelle P. Haskins, M. EdAnishinaabe Indaw (I am a Human Being)

Michelle P. Haskins, M. Ed
Native American Studies Faculty, HUM-NAS
Division Chair and Faculty Senate President
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College


Fabiola Hamdan, MSSWA Hispanic/Latino Family Approach to Equity and Access

Fabiola Hamdan, MSSW
Dane County Department of Human Services
Bilingual/Bicultural Community Social Worker


Nar DoumbyaRelationships and Culture in Early Childhood Education Programs

Nar Doumbya
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Master Trainer, Wisconsin Registry of Early Childhood Education


Jen Perfetti, LPC, IMH-E(IV)Addressing Postpartum Depression and Supporting Mother-Infant Relationships in Wisconsin Home Visiting Programs

Jen Perfetti, LPC, IMH-E(IV)
Clinical and Professional Development Coordinator
Parent-Infant and Family Mental Health Programs
Department of Psychiatry
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Corinda Rainey-MooreMental Illness — No One Journey

Corinda Rainey-Moore
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families


Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison Chancellor

Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Press and Related Research

Editorial – Channel 3 story – June 12 2017

Interview — Wisconsin Public Radio “Central Time” (June 1st)

Article in the Capital Times (May 30th)

Press Release (UW-Madison) on Summit Results (June 6th)

SoHE professor Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., recently released the results of her study on the potential effects of mindful prenatal classes on expectant mothers’ labor-related anxiety and postpartum depression. (NYT, The Guardian)

To learn more, contribute to, or support Wisconsin’s Prenatal to Five Initiative,
email the Center for Child and Family Well-Being at