Healthfirst and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Read to Brooklyn Pediatric Patients at Dove Pediatric Services

Guest Reader, Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, Reads Children’s Stories to Patients

BROOKLYN, NY, April 9, 2014 –Healthfirst and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York will sponsor a special reading event for pediatric patients on Monday, April 14 from 11:00am-12:00 noon at Dove Pediatric Services, 900 Lenox Road Brooklyn NY 11203. Waiting room patients will have children’s stories read to them from books provided by the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York literacy program. Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, will be the event’s special guest reader.
The Reach Out and Read of Greater New York program trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and provides free books to children at pediatric check-ups from 6 months to five years of age.
Healthfirst’s support of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York enables the distribution of thousands of books to New York City’s communities via select physician’s offices, medical centers and hospitals throughout the metropolitan area.
“Healthfirst is dedicated to helping New York’s children and families gain access to resources that provide kids with an early start for developmental learning, improved health and well-being by promoting family literacy,” said Susan Beane, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “We are proud to support Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and increase the literacy levels of our children – tomorrow’s future leaders – in partnership with Dove Pediatric Services.”
“Children have a better chance at succeeding in school when they have books at home and a family that makes reading a part of their daily routine,” said Traci Lester, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. “We are thrilled to partner with Healthfirst and Dove Pediatric Services to give thousands of Brooklyn families the books and guidance they need to start their kids down the path to academic success.”
To learn more about the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York program, please visit www.reachoutandreadnyc.org. For more information on Healthfirst, please visit www.healthfirst.org.
About Reach Out and Read of Greater New York
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York partners with pediatricians to prepare children in New York’s neediest communities for school. We provide free books and help parents make reading part of their family’s daily routine in 200 hospitals and health centers throughout New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. For more information, visit our website: reachoutandreadnyc.org.
About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization with more than 900,000 members of the diverse communities of downstate New York. We are ranked the #1 Quality Medicaid Plan in NYS. We treat our Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care members with the same care and attention we would want for our own families. We are also a proud participant in NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.
Contact:
Laura Vialva
212-801-1451
718-764-3517(mobile)
LVialva@healthfirst.org

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