Dr. Cynthia Katz and her site, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, received the 2016 Richard Robinson award, one of three Reach Out and Read Achievement Awards presented at this year’s Reach Out and Read Leadership conference in Boston.
Named for Scholastic Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard “Dick” Robinson, this award, instituted in 2002, recognizes extraordinary implementation of the Reach Out and Read program by a medical practice or clinic that inspires others with their efforts in support of our shared mission of early literacy promotion.
As both the Program Coordinator and Medical Champion at a site where 75% of the patients receive Medicaid, Dr. Katz actively fundraises and collects gently used books for over 1700 children served by Reach Out and Read at her site. And her commitment to early childhood literacy shows—books are distributed at 97% of well-child visits annually.
As a program trainer, Dr. Katz regularly trains staff at Reach Out and Read sites in Brooklyn, and trains pediatric residents during Grand Rounds at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, ensuring the sustainability and fidelity of the ROR model.
Finally, Dr. Katz volunteered her time to connect us to families to feature in our annual report. I asked a mother why she liked Dr. Katz. She said, “She’s informative, you can tell she cares. Whenever I call, she gets back to me that day. She cares about my daughter’s learning.”
We congratulate Dr. Katz and The Brooklyn Hospital for this wonderful achievement and thank Dr. Katz for her service!