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Reach Out & Read

Reach out and Read is a primary care based literacy program offered through the Otsego Memorial Hospital (OMH) Medical Group. This program has a goal of enhancing literacy for youth and engaging them in reading aloud by educating parents and building an at home library. Reach Out and Read is a national program that provides an age appropriate book to every child seen at each wellness visit from age six months to five years old. Through this program, every child seen at a wellness visit at the OMH Medical Group takes home a book to build an at home library and stimulate reading. All pediatricians and family practice physicians at the OMH Medical Group participate in this program.

To learn more about the Reach Out and Read program, click here to be taken to the national website.

Story Time!

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OMH Pediatrician, Luis Collazo, M.D., reads to a pediatric patient.

The Reach Out and Read Program gives quality books to children from 6 months to 5 years of age coming in for a Well Child visit," said Dr. Collazo. "We hope to continue this program for a long time as it is so important for children to become familiar with books from an early age."

"The beginner books are all board books so the babies can become accustomed to the books without the parents worrying about the book being destroyed," he continued. "We have quite a wide selection of books and the children really enjoy receiving their own book."

To contact the OMH Pediatrics Department, please call (989) 731-7930.

To contact the OMH Family Practice office, please call (989) 731-7860.