Reach Out and Read National Medical Director, Dr Perri Klass,
was honored for her "amazing impact on early childhood development"
at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in San
Francisco last week.
Dr. Benard Dreyer, President of the
American Academy of Pediatrics, presented the Arnold P Gold
Foundation Humanism and Medicine Award, which recognizes
"an exceptional pediatrician, who not only demonstrates
clinical expertise but the humanistic qualities of integrity,
compassion, altruism, respect and service." Dr.
Klass was selected for this award by the Council on Communications
and Media Pediatrics for the 21st Century planning group for her
dedication to her profession and the health of children and the
impact that she has made through her writing, service as an
educator, and leadership in promoting early literacy through Reach
Out and Read.
Dr. Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York
University, where she is also Director of the Arthur L. Carter
Journalism Institute. She is also well known as an author of
several books and for parenting advice in her column, "The
Checkup," in the New York Times. "Dr. Klass is a great clinician,"
said Dr. Dreyer "…. But she is most famous for being one of the
originators of the Reach Out and Read program that so many of us
[pediatricians] know is one of the major evidence-based programs in
primary care. . . . she is now the National Medical Director,
really spearheading the spread and the support and the quality
improvement of Reach Out and Read."
In receiving her award, Dr. Klass
spoke around the theme of "What the doctor sees, is what the writer
knows - we live in a world full of stories" and talked about how,
through Reach Out and Read, pediatricians have worked together to
change and enlarge the practice of pediatrics. "When we give these
books to our young patients, when we encourage parents to read with
them and trust in the power of that time together, the power of
that interaction, that back and forth,…we can help children find
their voices, write their own stories and that can change the
Reach Out and Read is proud to have Dr. Klass as our National
Medical Director, and congratulates her on receiving this
prestigious award from her peers and colleagues.
You can watch the full presentation of the award on YouTube.