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.”