Eighty-four-year-old Josephine Kurtz cared for others as a nurse's aide, tended to elderly family members and still visits nursing home residents. Now, a selfless stranger is making it possible for her to make the long trek from her home to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.
For the past year, the Department of Family and Community Medicine has implemented a version of a program called Reach Out and Read with great success. In the program, medical providers hand out free books at well-child appointments, which opens the door to discuss the importance of literacy with moms and dads. Reading to a child aids in brain development, social interactions and emotional health, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.