Docs Reach Out, Help Young Patients Read

In 2018, NorthBay Healthcare’s primary care physicians were integral to a celebration marking the delivery of the 250,000th book to a child visiting a pediatrician, part of the Reach Out & Read program.

Supporters of Reach Out & Read were honored March 13 by the Solano County Board of Supervisors. NorthBay’s Judy Yang, D.O., shared the program’s impact on youngsters who develop much faster and better when parents regularly read to them.

Dr. Yang is the physician champion of Reach Out & Read in the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Fairfield.

In every primary care center, NorthBay physicians talk to parents about the role that books and reading can play in the emotional and neurological development of a child.

When children up to the age of 5 visit their family doctor, each receives an age-appropriate book. After five years, a child has a tidy library of books.

For some low-income families, the book may be the child’s only reading material before heading off to pre-school or kindergarten.

NorthBay Healthcare has been a major benefactor of Reach Out & Read for more than a decade.