Cahaba Medical Care joins Reach Out and Read-Alabama

Located in Centreville, Cahaba Medical Care (CMC) is one of 14 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Alabama andas Alabama's only Teaching Health Center, CMC receives funding for providing care to uninsured patients while simultaneously housing a family residency program. Cahaba Family Medicine Residency program is a three-year rural residency training program designed to train physicians to provide primary care to all ages in under-served areas.

Currently serving over 200 children ages six months to five years of age and their families, Lacy Smith, M.D., the medical consultant for the new Reach Out and Read program, expects that number to increase rapidly with the expansion in three other clinic sites in Woodstock, Bessemer and Maplesville. “With 47 percent of our patients living in poverty, prescribing brand, new books to the children and families that we serve and educating their parents and caregivers about the link between reading daily and brain development at each checkup will make a significant impact on the success of these children in school," said Dr. Smith. This program fits perfectly into CMC’s mission to provide quality primary and preventative healthcare for families in Bibb and Perry County for all ages, all conditions- regardless of ability to pay.