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Dear Friends of Reach Out and Read Texas,

Glad to be connecting with you.  For many of us in the Lone Star State, we will have reminders of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding for months to come.  I hope that wherever you are, you are finding moments of normalcy and doing restorative activities (rest, exercise, relaxation) so that you may better serve the needs of your community.  If you have stories you need or want to share, we’re here.  Many of our partners have been reaching out and asking how they can help, wanting to know we are safe and offering support in various ways.  I know we’ve all felt the enormous enfolding of concern from family, friends, colleagues and strangers from across the nation and globe.  Certainly we are not alone. I’ll highlight some specific offers of support for Reach Out and Read Texas below.

I’m going to include portions of Dr. Pamela Chung’s letter to her staff once again.  Both, because it models how systems and providers can support potentially traumatized patients, but also because for the at-risk families we serve, these are the issues we should be addressing on a daily basis.

Please remember that encouraging parents to talk, sing, read and engage with young children is a powerful resource for changing the trajectory for at-risk children and their brain development.  I appreciate all that you do to support the children of Texas!

Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed.
Director
Reach Out and Read Texas


On Thursday, August 31, 2017, when many of us in the region were still holding our breaths about rivers rising and houses flooding, Dr. Pamela Chung of Physicians at Sugar Creek (Memorial-Hermann system), sent out the following letter to medical providers.  Please note that whether the families we see are facing an immediate trauma, all of our at-risk families need the resilience that responsive bonding provides.  I am so grateful that Dr. Chung thought to reinforce this message during this challenging time.  I hope you all will carry it with you in all your interactions with families.

Good Morning everyone,

We will most likely be seeing some children and families that have been deeply affected and traumatized by the hurricane and flooding...
On a normal day we use those books as a tool to assess the child's development (how do they hold it, open it, read it, interact with it) and to foster learning at home. For the next few months we can use this as a way to address their trauma. They have likely lost their sense of security, and may have lost their home and possessions as well. By giving them a new book - we are not only restocking their library and contributing to their learning, we are providing a vessel for bonding time with their parents. I encourage you to talk to parents about this in the appointment, don't just give them a free book and walk away. Take the chance to discuss family bonding, ways that they communicate, ways they address stress and emotions, bedtime routines, how well is the child sleeping etc....

Thank you ALL for the amazing work you are doing.        
Sincerely,
Dr. Pamela Chung  

Pam Chung  


In support of the Gulf Coast region of Texas, during recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Star Bright Books is donating 2000 books to Reach Out and Read Texas!  We’ll be receiving the books at our offices and sharing them with impacted clinics as they get up and running again.  This generosity and support will be a bright spot for children we serve, their families and the providers and staff who care for them.

Thank you, Star Bright Books!

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Another act of amazing generosity... All About Books is donating 10,000 books to our region to support those impacted by the hurricane and flooding.  We’ll be supporting clinics in Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Houston who serve families impacted by the storm.

They are also offering a buy one get one free opportunity to Texas sites through the end of 2017.  Please see information below or contact me for more details about this offer!

All About Books is excited to announce that we are partnering with Reach Out and Read Texas to help give even more books to families in the aftermath of Harvey; that’s why from now until the end of 2017 we will match book for book all orders for the state of Texas. Every time you purchase a book from the special selection we’ve put together, we will donate a second copy of that same book, giving you double the books at no additional cost.

To take advantage of this offer, go to www.allaboutbooks.org/custitempromos/Texas-BOGO or click on the Texas Book Selection filter in Browse Books and add an even number of books* to your cart. Enter the promo code Book4Book at checkout to receive half of your books for FREE. You can also place your order via email at service@allaboutbooks.org or fax at (800) 997-4802 using the special order form attached or give us a call at (866) 732-3667.

If you have any questions about this offer, how to order, or want to learn more about All About Books, feel free to email us at service@allaboutbooks.org or give us a call at (866) 732-366.

*Please note, when ordering with this offer online you must add an even number of books to your cart.


In an earlier newsletter (Summer 2016) I highlighted work that Tiffany Kindratt, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center was doing with research around Reach Out and Read in an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).  I am happy to report that her project with PA students and Residents was accepted for a poster at the North American Primary Care Research Group Conference in Montreal in November! She is currently exploring early investigator grants and I hope we’ll have a team of providers across Texas collaborating with her.  I really believe that research around Resident training (improving observational skills, for instance) and looking at the impact Reach Out and Read can have around resiliency to ACEs is important for all stake-holders—health care systems, providers, training programs and patients.

Are you currently doing any training or research relevant to Reach Out and Read that you’d like to share?

Kindratt


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Site ID

Site Name

City

Training %

  1237

Brownsville Kiddie Health Center

Brownsville

100%

1297

People's Community Clinic

Austin

100%

1591

Regional Maternal Child Health Program

Texas City

100%

1659

TCPA-Ripley House Pediatrics

Houston

100%

2062

UTMB Maternal and Child Health Program - Conroe

Conroe

100%

3598

Valley Children's Clinic

Harlingen

100%

8243

CommuniCare Health Centers

San Antonio

100%

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MP1

PR

Site ID

Site Name

Shipping City

4225

Presidio County Health Services /  Adrian Billings, MD, PhD

Alpine

8784

Big Bend Regional Health Center

Alpine

4819

Alton Childrens Care

ALTON

6900

Texas Tech Pediatrics /  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Amarillo

803

CommUnityCare - East Austin

Austin

1297

People's Community Clinic

Austin

6006

Children's Health Express /  Dell Children's Medical Center

Austin

6677

Austin's First Steps

Austin

9961

Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic

Austin

1201

Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program

Bay City

8714

Greater Beaumont Pediatrics and Family Medicine

Beaumont

9162

Brenham Clinic

Brenham

1237

Brownsville Kiddie Health Center

Brownsville

1514

Brownsville Community Health Center

Brownsville

2062

UTMB Maternal and Child Health Program - Conroe

Conroe

5074

Corpus Christi Tots & Teens PA

Corpus Christi

7982

Driscoll Children's Hospital High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program

Corpus Christi

807

Children's Medical Center, LBW Clinic /  Low Birthweight Clinic

Dallas

808

Hatcher Station Health Center

Dallas

809

Oak West Health Center /  Parkland Health and Hospital System

Dallas

848

Childrens Medical Center Dallas, ARMS Clinic /  ARCH Center

Dallas

851

DeHaro Saldivar Health Center /  Pediatrics

Dallas

853

Parkland Health and Hospital System /  Homeless Outreach Medical Services (HOMES)

Dallas

854

Parkland Health and Hospital System /  Pediatric Primary Care Center

DALLAS

1754

Southeast Dallas Health Center

Dallas

1980

Kiosco Youth and Family Center /  Cary Middle School

Dallas

1981

Woodrow Youth and Family Center

Dallas

8344

Center of Hope

dallas

9603

The Family Place

Dallas

811

AccelHealth

De Leon

810

UT School of Nursing Children's Wellness Center

Del Valle

4057

TexomaCare Family Practice

Denison

856

Pecan Creek Pediatrics Associates

Denton

2061

UTMB Maternal and Child Health Program - Dickinson

Dickinson

2980

7 MDG Pediatric Clinic /  Dyess Air Force Base

Dyess AFB

5018

Pediatric Clinic-SFCC

East Fort Bliss

1645

Advanced Kids Care /  Formerly The Pediatric Center

Edinburg

2807

Texas Tech University HSC /  Department of Pediatrics

El Paso

5075

CRDAMC, Dpt of Pediatrics

Fort Hood

1111

JPS Health Network /  Family Health Center

Fort Worth

4320

University of North Texas Health Science Center /  Pediatric Department

Fort Worth

8446

Cornerstone Clinic /  Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg,

857

Pediatric Associates of Friendswood

Friendswood

2245

Southside School Based Clinic /  Galena Park Community and Resource Training Center

Galena Park

859

Garland Health Center

Garland

6472

Young County Family Clinic

Graham

8417

Parkland Hospital /  Grand Prairie Health Center

Grand Prairie

815

Su Clinica Familiar /  Harlingen Clinic

Harlingen

1515

Harlingen Pediatric Associates

Harlingen

3598

Valley Children's Clinic

Harlingen

6588

Pai Pediatrics

Henderson

822

Cleveland E. Odom /  Pediatric  Adolescent Healthcare Center

Houston

823

NAM Children's Clinic

Houston

827

Texas Children's Hospital

Houston

860

Harris County Children's Protective Service /  Medical Clinic

Houston

1112

TCP Palm Center

Houston

1211

The Children's Assessment Center Foundation

Houston

1234

Legacy Community Health Services-Southwest Clinic

Houston

1370

Martin Luther King Health Center

Houston

1659

TCPA-Ripley House Pediatrics

Houston

2117

Texas Children's Pediatric Associates

Houston

2429

Gulfton Pediatrics

Houston

2982

Houston Community Health Center at Denver Harbor

Houston

3821

Texas Children's Pediatric -Gulfgate

Houston

3874

University of Texas Student Health /  Services

Houston

4912

Clinica la Salud

Houston

5134

TX Children's Pediatric Associates /  Corinthian Pointe

Houston

5351

El Franco Lee Health Center /  Harris County Hospital District

Houston

5593

Casa De Amigos Health Center

Houston

7916

The Center for Children and Women /  Texas Children's Health Plan

Houston

8566

UT Physicians- Dashwood

Houston

8635

Fernandez & Associates

Houston

8675

Pediatric Healthcare of Northwest Houston

Houston

9156

University of Texas Health Sciences /  Heights Clinic

Houston

9410

UT Physicians /  Greenspoint Multi Specialty Clinic

Houston

2726

Wee Kare Pediatrics

Humble

2071

Hays CISD WELL Clinic

Kyle

6081

PediPlace

Lewisville

1875

Seton Lockhart Care-A-Van

Lockhart

6322

Christus Trinity Clinic Pediatrics

Longview

829

Lubbock Children's Health Clinic /  302 N. University

Lubbock

830

Texas Tech Pediatrics: Texas Tech University Health Center /  Department of Pediatrics

Lubbock

2167

Children's Health Center, P.A.

Marble Falls

1871

ASHLEY PEDIATRICS DAY & NIGHT CLINIC

McAllen

6269

Paola D. Wiernik MD PLLC /  Pediatrics

McAllen

831

East Texas Community Health Services, Inc.

Nacogdoches

1410

Medical Center Hospital /  Family Health Clinic

Odessa

6350

Texas Tech School of Medicine @ the Periman Basin /  Department and Family Medicine

Odessa

816

Pasadena Pediatrics and Adolescent Clinic

Pasadena

2188

UTMB Regional Maternal Child Health Program - Pearland

Pearland

1362

Primary Care Associates of Quinlan

Quinlan

1115

ACCESSHEALTH /  DBA/Fort Bend Family Health Center

Richmond

835

Community Medical Associates, Pediatrics /  Attn: Natasha Frerich, Office Manager

San Angelo

1116

Shannon Health

San Angelo

2602

La Esperanza Health and Dental

San Angelo

843

University of Texas Health Science Center:  PREMIEre Program /  Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology

San Antonio

1117

UT Kids Children's Health Center

San Antonio

1401

Community Medicine Associates - North

San Antonio

3799

UT Family and Community Medicine Clinic

San Antonio

6526

University Health System /  Prevention Health Clinic

San Antonio

6748

University  Family Health Center- /  Southwest

San Antonio

8095

Robert B. Green Campus Pediatric Clinic /  University Health System

San Antonio

8243

CommuniCare Health Centers

San Antonio

8255

Pediatric Primary Care Clinic /  The Children's Hospital of San Antonio

San Antonio

8327

CentroMed

San Antonio

4416

Corridor Primary Care

San Marcos

9183

Physicians at Sugar Creek

Sugar Land

1591

Regional Maternal Child Health Program

Texas City

846

Tyler Family Circle of Care

Tyler

865

The University of Texas Health Center @ Tyler /  Family Medicine Administration

Tyler

3593

St. Paul's Children's Clinic

Tyler

4118

Scott & White Clinic Pediatrics

Waco

4505

Youens and Duchicela Clinic

Weimar

1454

North Central Texas Community Health Care Center /  (dba Community Healthcare Center)

Wichita Falls


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Staff Training--we’ve created a brief ppt with some of the wonderful CME training videos included to assist with trainings for general staff (that don’t need to complete the online CME training).  Just contact us if you’d like to utilize this resource at your next staff meeting.     


Site visits and observations are continuing.  This helps us evaluate the strength of your programs, how closely you are able to match the evidence-based best practices, and what support you need to execute your programs.  These conversations also help us make connections for you in your community for resources that may be available and to help you identify ways that Reach Out and Read can meet your clinic’s needs and priorities. When Kristi asks you, “What aspect of your program are you the most proud of?” how will you respond?

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The editorial staff of the The Reach Out and Read Newsletter would like to hear from you.  Please submit your comments, suggestions, and questions to Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed. at Jocelyn.M.Mcconnell@uth.tmc.edu or Kristi Romero, MSc at Kristi.M.Romero@uth.tmc.edu.

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Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed.
ROR-TX Director
jocelyn.m.mcconnell@uth.tmc.edu

Kristi Romero, MSc
Coordinator
Kristi.M.Romero@uth.tmc.edu.

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