Using the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Brush, Bed and Book model and thanks to support from the DentaQuest Foundation, the Alabama Chapter-AAP and Reach Out and Read-Alabama, in cooperation with the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians, will distribute free materials to 12 practices across the state and guide them on talking with families about early literacy, oral health, and nighttime routinesRead More
Elizabeth Dawson, MD, FAAP and Area 5 Representative for the Alabama Chapter-AAP is the medical consultant for Reach Out and Read-Alabama at Charles Henderson Child Health Center in Troy. A program site since 2001, five providers prescribe 1,400 brand-new books to the children and families that they serve each year.
“As a pediatrician. we have the opportunity to instruct our families regarding the care of their children ~ what to do and what not to do. Through our Reach Out and Read program, I not only have the opportunity to instruct the parent about the importance of reading and sharing a book together every day, but I also get to give them the tool (book) to accomplish this important task. Nothing but good things come from this program and now I consider it an essential part of a well child visit.”
On March 6, Gadsden Pediatric Clinic kicked off their Reach Out and Read-Alabama program with a “Seuss-tastic” celebration, joining other children and families across the nation for the 20th year of Read Across America.Read More
We had a great 2017 and it was donors like you who made it possible! Our year at Reach Out and Read-Alabama touched the lives of so many.
Together we provided 150,000 new books to children at their well-child visits and 214,000 opportunities to educate parents to build better brains and brighter futures.
When a trusted physician or other medical provider offers guidance about reading aloud to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and provides a book to read, parents have an opportunity to give their children the best start in life.Read More
In addition to prescribing books and instruction to parents, families will have an opportunity to receive more books by registering for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) through United Way. "Once parents understand the impact that reading daily has on brain and language development through Reach Out and Read, books from DPIL is an added bonus."
Five providers will be prescribing over 2,000 books annually at Dr. Gary Eberly's office in Foley,
With the addition of this practice, four pediatric practices in Baldwin County now particpate in Reach Out and Read. Like in Etowah County, the United Way of Baldwin County partners with Reach Out and Read-Alabama to provide books to each of these practices.
Supportive parenting prevents the reduced growth of certain areas of the brain that occurs as a response to living in poverty. This new research shows that positive parenting can overcome the effects of poverty on healthy brain development in adolescents.Read More
Success of Alabama’s children has been given a tremendous boost with the enrollment of 25 percent of our four-year-olds in quality K-4 programs for this fall. Bu what about the other 75 percent?Read More
According to Dr. Seuss in I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” That’s a philosophy Brewton pediatrician Marsha Raulerson, MD, FAAP can easily get behind.Read More
We need your gift of $100, just $10 per year, to celebrate the last ten years of providing a foundation of success for Alabama’s neediest children and to expand the program throughout the state.Read More
Representative April Weaver, House District 49, was on hand to help Cahaba Medical Care (CMC) launch their Reach Out and Read-Alabama program and help celebrate the program’s summer reading event.Read More
Dr. Raulerson began her program in December of 1996 as the third pediatric practice in the nation to implement the nationwide program. During the last 20 years, Dr. Raulerson has prescribed over 50,000 brand new books to the children in her practice. She is now distributing books to the third generation of children that relies on her practice for medical care and literacy advice.
When Marsha D. Raulerson, M.D., FAAP, asked a patient his three greatest wishes, his first was to be in the NBA. His second and third were to help his family and for things to get better.
“Most 16-year-old boys don’t say that,” said Dr. Raulerson, who practices in Brewton. She often uses the wish question to root out problems faced by her patients, many living in or near poverty. She may find out a family has housing insecurity or not enough to eat. In the case of the teen, Dr. Raulerson learned the boy was acting out at school because of stress at home. She referred him to a counselor and, as she does with every patient at every visit, she gave him a book.
“That’s my biggest poverty prevention program,” she said.
Listed under the What Works to Ameliorate the Effects of Childhood Poverty in the report:
“Early literacy promotion in the medical home with programs such as Reach Out and Read advances reading readiness by approximately six months when compared with controls.”
According to Voices for Alabama’s Children Kids Count Data Book 2015, nearly 27 percent of children in Alabama live in poverty with half living in extreme poverty.
In the April issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement, Poverty and Child Health in the United States by the Council on Community Pediatrics, emphasizing the significance of our program to families in poverty.
According to Voices for Alabama’s Children Kid’s Count Data 2015, families in Alabama continue to struggle to make ends meet. Since 2000, the poverty rate has grown from 16.1 percent to 18.6 percent. But for children the story is even more grim ~ the poverty rate for children rose to nearly 27 percent with half living in extreme poverty.Read More
The Jefferson County Department of Health Western Health Center, one of four outpatient health centers in Jefferson County, has been prescribing books to underinsured and uninsured children and their families through their Reach Out and Read program for the last 10 years.
Maria Meyers, MD, serves as the medical director and quickly points out in her video that the success of the program lies in being able to provide books to the parents and help them make the connection to reading daily and brain development. During the past ten years, almost 25,000 books have been provided to children from six months through five years of age at well child visits at this clinic.Read More