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.
You've probably heard of the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey — located across the street from Penn State Children's Hospital. We get answers to your questions about Ronald McDonald House from Karla Mitchell, Ronald McDonald House Charities Executive Director, and Amy Leonard, Ronald McDonald House Charities Development Manager.