Access, Reach Out and Read Engage Young Patients with Literature

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthPrimary care physicians at Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) have been able to help young patients not only with their health care needs, but also with providing an encouraging nod toward reading with help from the national Reach Out and Read (ROR) program. Within the last 12 months, ACCESS Hawthorne Family Health Center, which serves the Cicero area, has distributed approximately 980 books through the program, which is an evidence-based pediatric early literacy program aimed at encouraging literacy development in young patients from six months to five years of age. The program involves the pediatrician giving each child a brand-new, age-appropriate book at every well-child checkup, as well as speaking with the parents about the importance of reading aloud every day.

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