News: The Librarian is In… so is the Doctor
October 25, 2007
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“We want children to grow up and set habits and methods of learning that will carry them forward their entire lives. Our entire academic system is predicated on the ability to read fluently. (Without that skill), it’s pretty hard to be successful”.
So said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrics resident at American Family Childrens Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria is also a librarian, having earned a Masters degree in Library Science in 2006 from University of Illinois.
On Oct 18 2007, the local Madison newspaper, The Capital Times, ran this feature article on his efforts to assess literacy and reading skills in his young patients during standard physical exams. Following is an excerpt from the article:
“Dr. Navsaria is working with Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit organization founded by pediatricians and educators in Boston that promotes the importance of early literacy, with a focus on reaching low-income populations. He has started a Reach Out and Read (ROR) program at University of Wisconsin’s student-run free clinic, MEDiC. A ROR program at the Access Community Health Center on South Park Street, Madision will open in the next two months, if not sooner, Navsaria said. He is also looking for funding to expand the program to two of the outpatient University of Wisconsin Health pediatric clinics”.
(Credit: The Capital Times, 10-18-2007).
For more information Reach Out and Read programs in Connecticut, click here. What a wonderful public health initiative this is!