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Dear Friends of Reach Out and Read Texas,

Summertime is here!  Hope those of you in clinical practice have been relaxing and rejuvenating a bit before well-child visit season ramps up to full speed!  Kristi and I had the great pleasure to attend the National Reach Out and Read Conference in Denver, CO in May.  Texas’ own Lizette Gomez, MD of UT Kids Children’s Health Center in San Antonio was recognized at the conference during the Gretchen Hunsberger Medical Champion Award, more on that below.   Not only did we hear wonderful speakers and get to meet many of the wonderful, dedicated Reach Out and Read staff and medical providers from across the country (see below), we saw snow!  Not just up in the mountains, but falling in Denver.  I am feeling a little wistful for those chilly few days right now.

In early May I had the honor once again to speak at the Friends of Alamo City Reach Out and Read ConferenceDr. Rebecca Huston, Board President of FACROR and Section Chief of General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, gave a thoughtful and thought-provoking talk on screen time use. Statistics indicate we should all be thinking of the impact of screens on the lives of our youngest citizens.  While in San Antonio I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Juan Parra of CentroMed as well as many others dedicated to their patients and Reach Out and Read.  See below for more on CentroMed’s commitment to their program.

Also check out the note from Michelle Posas Koeth, community volunteer at Youens & Duchicela in Wiemar, TX who describes how their community supports their program.  Kristi and I seek creative ways to connect with rural clinics and to help build collaborations. While Kristi has been reaching out by phone, we are forever seeking better ways to incorporate more actual site visits into our rounds so that we may visualize your needs better and more effectively match resources.

Also, we celebrate the Reach Out and Read programs who have reached a 100% of the Medical Provider team trained online at myror.org!   It is not an easy task but it so informs the execution of the program with best practices.  Special shout out to Imelda Balderas, On-Site Coordinator at Wee Kare Pediatrics in Humble who moved her site from 0% trained to 100% trained in a very short period of time... way to go, Imelda!

Progress reporting season arrives again next month... check out the graphic below to be thinking about how you’ll encourage your site, system and region to reach the 100% reporting goal.

Welcome to Tejas Medical Associates in Houston, newest program to join Reach Out and Read Texas!

Please remember that encouraging parents to talk, sing, and read 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


Reach Out and Read Texas sites with 100% Medical Provider online CME training Completion!!

(Contact us if you need support to get your team trained.)

Site ID

Site Name

City

Training %

8784

Big Bend Regional Health Center

Alpine

100%

2108

Seton Kozmetsky Community Health Center

Austin

100%

6006

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

Austin

100%

1201

Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program

Bay City

100%

8714

Greater Beaumont Pediatrics and Family Medicine

Beaumont

100%

1514

Brownsville Community Health Center

Brownsville

100%

3617

Sunshine Pediatrics

Brownsville

100%

7982

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

Corpus Christi

100%

809

Oak West Health Center, Parkland Health and Hospital System

Dallas

100%

851

DeHaro Saldivar Health Center, Pediatrics

Dallas

100%

853

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

Dallas

100%

1980

Kiosco Youth and Family Center, Cary Middle School

Dallas

100%

1981

Woodrow Youth and Family Center

Dallas

100%

8344

Center of Hope

Dallas

100%

9603

The Family Place

Dallas

100%

9932

United Medical Health Center

Eagle Pass

100%

2807

Texas Tech University HSC, Department of Pediatrics

El Paso

100%

8446

Cornerstone Clinic, Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

100%

8417

Parkland Hospital, Grand Prairie Health Center

Grand Prairie

100%

6588

Pai Pediatrics

Henderson

100%

822

Cleveland E. Odom , Pediatric  Adolescent Healthcare Center

Houston

100%

4912

Clinica la Salud

Houston

100%

5351

El Franco Lee Health Center, Harris County Hospital District

Houston

100%

8566

UT Physicians- Dashwood

Houston

100%

11826

TEJAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, PA

HOUSTON

100%

2726

Wee Kare Pediatrics

Humble

100%

1960

Gateway Community Health Center, Inc.

Laredo

100%

8864

UT Health NorthEast Lindale Clinic

Lindale

100%

6322

Premier Pediatrics

Longview

100%

6269

Paola D. Wiernik MD PLLC, Pediatrics

McAllen

100%

6350

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

Odessa

100%

8826

Palacios Medical Clinic

Palacios

100%

6748

University  Family Health Center-, Southwest

San Antonio

100%

7641

University Health System - Southeast Clinic

San Antonio

100%

9183

Physicians at Sugar Creek

Sugar Land

100%

865

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

Tyler

100%

7559

Kim Burlingham, MD

Winnsboro

100%




Progress Reporting begins again in July... which region of Texas will reach 100% first?

Progress Report 2017


Kristi and I had so many exciting experiences at the National Conference this year.  The opportunity to meet with clinicians and staff members across the country and learn from their vast knowledge was so helpful.  The speakers and panel discussions energized us and helped us to make additional connections for ideas and resources we’ve been putting together to better serve you and the families we all serve.  It inspired me to revisit ways to have similar experiences here in Texas for you.  I’m still not sure a statewide conference would fit the most need but Kristi and I will be looking for realistic ways to have regional conferences or perhaps regional webinars so that we can gather together in some form to inspire, inform and support each other.  One of my favorite threads of conversation throughout the conference was ways to increase research opportunities related to Reach Out and Read.  I am looking forward to sharing these with you as we meet during the year.  Highlights from the conference:

  • Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, spoke to the group and acknowledged Ann Logan, Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read and Co-Founder and Former Board Chair, Reach Out and Read Colorado.   Ms. Logan and Gov. Hickenlooper worked together in his early days as mayor of Denver to create sales tax support for early childhood initiatives.  Amazing!

    Governor of Colorado

  • Reach Out and Read Texas medical provider, Dr. Lizette Gomez of UTKids, San Antonio received a special mention for her efforts.  The Gretchen Hunsberger Medical Champion Award honors a doctor or other medical provider who has been extraordinary as a trainer, clinician and/or clinical director; one whose exemplary personal and professional medical leadership has helped to make delivery of the Reach Out and Read program model all it can be in pediatric primary care.  This was awarded to Dr. Ellen Stevenson of Oregon for essentially bringing Reach Out and Read to Oregon.  Dr. Gomez was also recognized and her clinic will receive 250 books!  We’ve highlighted her clinic efforts in the newsletter in the past... her team goes to special efforts to have volunteers read in the waiting area, she provides training (a key theme at the conference) for Residents on the model and they have an annual book character day!

    Dr. Lizzette Gomez

  • Many wonderful speakers and panel discussions but a key theme was the many ways Reach Out and Read can address some of the challenges in health care today and efforts we can take to do more research on its impact; keynote address was by Sarah Enos-Watamura, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology, University of Denver on Toxic Stress and buffering effects of positive relationships.  Also on the speaker list, from here in Texas, Cindy Frosch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of North Texas.  She expanded on and reinforced the message that responsive caregiving (‘serve and return’ interactions) support brain architecture and book sharing provides a great opportunity for these interactions.

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Vickie Modeland, NP of UTMB-Conroe, shared these photos from their program that is receiving support from the Newfield Foundation; a couple of the UTMB clinics actually have part-time readers on staff and designated reading rooms!

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Dr. Juan Parra, of CentroMed in San Antonio, describes his system’s support for their Reach Out and Read program:  CentroMed, especially our CEO Dr. Ernesto Gomez, was very supportive of my initial proposal to establish a Reach Out and Read Program.  He felt the program was in line with our vision that includes providing quality customer service, clinical excellence, comprehensive care and responsiveness to community needs.  In the past four years we have been able to receive funding from CentroMed to purchase books through Scholastic, Inc. and recently Dr. Gomez authorized funding for an additional four years.  We have also been fortunate to attract the interest of one of our local therapy agencies in designating our Reach Out and Read Program as one of their advocacy projects where they provided reading nooks for all of our pediatric clinic site waiting rooms as well as providing gently used books.

We have been fortunate to receive great support from our organization and our community to make our program successful.

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Michelle Posas Koeth, community volunteer and site coordinator for Youens & Duchicela in Weimar, TX describes their community support: One of the ways our community supports Reach Out and Read is evident by the never ending supply of used children’s books in the clinic waiting room.  Whenever the book supply runs low, clinic staff say community members bring in more books, and I believe that sense of ownership of a program constitutes success!

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Great speakers at this year’s Friends of Alamo City Reach Out and Read Conference.  Viki Ash, PhD, Coordinator of Children’s Services, San Antonio Public Library spoke on Early Literacy.  Dr. Rebecca Huston’s talk on Media Use and Young Children-What are the Latest Recommendations outlined most recent data on the topic and recommendations for how to approach families about this challenge.  We also heard from Todd Beasley, EdD, Director of Programs at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  They have a new Family Adventure Garden arriving soon! And Pamela Toman, Executive Director of Literacy San Antonio, updated status of their initiatives to train teachers and support children.

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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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NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK

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.

Summer 2017

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Newsletter Contributors

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

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

Bang Pham
Web Developer IV
bang.n.pham@uth.tmc.edu

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