National Conference Update

Georgia Executive Director, Medical Director and Advisory Board Member Attend ROR National Conference in Boston

Mcfadden Award
Reach Out and Read Georgia Executive Director, Amy Erickson, Dr. Terri McFadden, Medical Director, and Dr. Jay Berkelhamer, National Board member and local Georgia Advisory Board member, traveled to Boston for the National Reach Out and Read conference last month. This gathering featured state leaders, national board members, doctors, researchers, authors and staff who shared experiences, research, and best practices in bringing literacy tools and the Reach Out and Read program to more children and their families. 
Our beloved Medical Director, Dr. Terri McFadden was presented with the Gretchen Hunsberger Medical Champion  Achievement Award. This award, established in honor of our late colleague, honors a doctor or other medical provider who has been extraordinary as a trainer, clinician, and/or clinical director; one whose exemplary personal and professional medical leadership has helped to make delivery of the Reach Out and Read program model all it can be in pediatric primary care. Dr. McFadden serves as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine and Medical Director of Primary Care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding. She has been instrumental in inspiring healthcare providers in our chapter to implement the Reach Out and Read model and has been an advocate and proponent of the model since before the Reach Out and Read Georgia chapter even existed.  We are so proud and grateful to Dr. McFadden for her ongoing contribution to our ROR affiliate and the work she's doing to promote literacy across the state and in her practice. 

Another highlight of the conference for our Executive Director, Amy Erickson, was meeting one of the organization's co-founders Dr. Robert Needlman. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Medicine, Robert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P., is co-founder of Reach Out and Read and President of the Greater Cleveland Reach Out and Read affiliate. He is the author of "Dr. Spock's Baby Basics" and co-author of the ninth edition of "Baby and Child Care," Dr. Benjamin Spock's classic parenting manual. He has also been a columnist for Parent and Child Magazine, and has written for parents online at,, and as a Yahoo health expert. His published academic work includes studies on pediatric literacy promotion, the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure, iron deficiency, maternal depression, and resident training. 
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