Literacy Development Programs in Primary Care SIG

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August 2014 Newsletter Article

At our SIG meeting on May 4th in Vancouver, Tom Boyce, professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, was our keynote speaker. He is a world-renowned expert on stress and its effects on child development and health, and he gave us a review of the psychobiology of adversity, covering 25 years of discovery, and culminating in 5 hypotheses relating ANS reactivity and stress vulnerability to the possible protective effects of reading aloud. One participant commented that Dr. Boyce's talk "blew my mind." I think we all felt that way.

We also heard from past and present Reach Out and Read Young Investigator awardees, as well as one additional study in progress. This year's YIA awardees are: John Hutton (fellow, University of Cincinnati): Neuroimaging of Children Exposed to ROR; and Jayna Schumacher (fellow, Boston University): "Use of E-Books to Support Emerging Readers from Families with Low Socioeconomic Status." Both are worthy, challenging, limit-stretching topics.

Attending were 29 colleagues, 8 of whom were repeaters from 2013. The SIG wrapped up with an open discussion which (for several of us) continued through lunchtime. For the coming year, we'll work on organizing our research "roadmap," supporting new Young Investigators and those whose projects are ongoing, and refreshing our SIG leadership. Thanks, everyone, for making 2014 such a success!

SIG Co-Chairs:
Perri Klass

Robert Needlman

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Robert Needlman, MD
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Ellen Stevenson, MD, MPH
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