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Dane County Health Council and partners announce Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance to lead local birth equity efforts

September 18, 2020

The group will be co-chaired by Tiffany Green, assistant professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

9 in 10 men want their doctors to ask about domestic violence

July 13, 2020

The fact that few young men are asked about the subject suggests physicians have an opportunity to begin more conversations about domestic violence and potentially intervene, says Tova Walsh, who led the study.

A pediatrician offers tips for talking with teens about COVID-19

July 10, 2020

Children and teens may need extra support from caregivers as they react to and work through the unique changes and challenges of life during an outbreak. This is especially true as COVID-19 cases across the country and communities create, implement and adjust restrictions.

Sesame Workshop materials help families affected by incarceration

June 12, 2020

Sesame Workshop’s parental incarceration materials feature a Muppet named Alex, whose father is in jail. The UW–Madison study details how Alex’s story and the accompanying materials resulted in children’s at-home caregivers reporting positive change.

COVID-19 canceled their variety show; students raised $341,000 for charity anyway

May 27, 2020

Members of the group Humorology say the coronavirus pandemic only heightened their fundraising resolve. Donations will benefit children who might otherwise go hungry.

Fun hands-on learning to do at home

April 14, 2020

Wisconsin 4-H chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information.

How to keep young children learning on the home front

March 20, 2020

UW–Madison educator and family engagement researcher Lorena Mancilla has some advice on how to create spaces and establish routines for learning and working effectively from home.

New Faculty Focus: Alvin Thomas

November 1, 2019

Thomas's work aims to improve the life chances of Black children and youth by drawing attention to risks that undermine their positive development, strengthening the Black family, encouraging father engagement, and challenging policies that undermine these families.

UW partnerships take 1st, 2nd in Alliance for the American Dream competition

June 28, 2019

LIFT Dane shared first place for its plan to help Dane County families who are weighed down by fixable civil legal problems and We Care for Dane Kids shared second place with its multi-pronged approach to transform the county's early childhood and after school care sectors.

Stressed parents rely on junk food for kids

May 2, 2019

“The higher their psychological distress, the less healthy food is available in the home and the more unhealthy the feeding practices are for their children,” says Myoungock Jang,

A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

August 7, 2018

In the experimental game, a robot crash lands on an alien planet. In order to rebuild the spaceship, players must, as the robot, build rapport with the aliens by deciphering their emotions.

Kids with easy access to firearms are more likely to be depressed

March 9, 2018

Easy access to a gun at home is bad for a child’s mental health, particularly for girls, according to a new examination of a study of American schoolchildren from the 1990s.

Training social work students to serve Wisconsin families

November 8, 2017

The School of Social Work’s Public Welfare Training Program prepares students to join the ranks of professionals who assist and advocate for children and families throughout the state.

New Faculty Focus: Pajarita Charles

October 31, 2017

Professor Pajarita Charles' work is concentrated on supporting healthy child development among children of formerly incarcerated fathers. 

New Faculty Focus: Margaret Kerr

October 24, 2017

Professor Margaret Kerr believes it's important to better understand the factors that impact parents’ experiences and to develop interventions focused on helping people become better and happier parents.