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"Reach Out and Read" is Introduced at Rochelle Medical Group

Getting books from your doctor/nurse practitioner will soon be a routine part of well-child visits at Rochelle Medical Group (RMG), as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to their practice. Rochelle Medical Group joins more than 5,000 programs nationwide that are working to make books part of a healthy childhood.

The Reach Out and Read program targets young children and features three key elements:

  • Volunteers read to the children in the waiting room.
  • Medical Providers educate parents about the importance of reading with their children every day.
  • Every child from the age of six months to five years receives a new book to take home and keep when they come in for a well-child check-up.

The staff of Rochelle Medical Group invites the public to attend its first Reach Out and Read event on:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

at the clinic, 510 Lincoln Highway

in downtown Rochelle.

Angela Villarreal, RMG Clinic Manager, will be the guest reader that day.  The clinic will host future reading events the second Saturday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. following office hours. This month a craft project identifying sign safety will be included along with a healthy snack. Each reading time will include a guest reader, theme and snack.  Children of any age are invited to attend the community reading events.

“I’m so happy to introduce this program. Our staff is excited with this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children we care for in our community,” said Angela.

Medical research shows that literacy-promoting intervention by the health provider has a significant effect on parental behaviors beliefs and attitudes toward reading aloud.  For more than a decade, studies have indicated that parents who get books and literacy counseling from their doctors and nurses are more likely to read to their young children, read to them more often, and provide more books in the home. In addition, several studies have also shown improvements in the language scores of young children receiving Reach Out and Read.

As part of the application process, RMG providers and staff have completed training for the reading program.  Angela serves as the Program Coordinator and Sara Twardowski, RMG Family Nurse Practitioner, is the Medical Director.


For more information about the program or to be a guest reader, contact Rochelle Medical Group at 815-561-8335.

Janet Stewart

RCH Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator