The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin at Madison will host a webinar on February 19, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT to discuss ways that a father’s health and behaviors impact their children’s well-being. Researchers will present findings about fathers’ experiences in prenatal and pediatric care settings and strategies for promoting fathers’ physical and mental health; also presented will be findings on how to support fathers in modeling positive health behaviors for their children.
- Tova Walsh, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Darryl Davidson, Men’s Health Manager, City of Milwaukee
- Craig Garfield, Professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and attending physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he directs the Family and Child Health Innovations Program (FCHIP)
Fathers play an important role in children’s health and development. Fathers’ own health and health behavior influences the well-being of their children and partners as well as fathers themselves. Healthcare and child and family services providers can help promote optimal outcomes for children and families by involving and supporting all caregivers, including fathers. This webinar will:
- Provide insight into the role that fathers play in child and family health.
- Address the experiences of fathers in prenatal and pediatric care settings, and identify strategies for providers to engage expectant and new fathers.
- Discuss strategies for promoting fathers’ own physical and mental health, and supporting fathers to model positive health behaviors for their children.