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Dec 22, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare Gives Books to Youth


ALBUQUERQUE, NM, – First Choice Community Healthcare announced a children’s book giveaway program at a press conference this afternoon at the South Valley Health Commons. The book giving is made possible by a generous grant from the Molina Foundation of 5,012 books to promote the link between literacy and health.

Doctors will be prescribing reading to our youngest patients and giving away books at each of First Choice’s eight health centers in 2016, while supplies last. The first books were given out to pediatric patients and their parents who attended the press conference this afternoon, while the remainder will be distributed after the New Year.

First Choice Community Healthcare believes in incorporating early literacy into early childhood development, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school. By starting reading habits at an early age, children develop the capacity to obtain, process, and understand information that will support them socially and physically throughout their lifetime.

This grant came as a surprise just in time for the holidays. Tuesday’s kickoff was the first of multiple events that will be scheduled in 2016 at First Choice’s eight locations in three counties of Central New Mexico.

“We are excited about this initiative and thankful for Molina’s grant because improving educational outcomes for children is one of the most effective and lasting ways to improve not only the opportunities in life for children but also their lifelong health,” said Will Kaufman M.D., M.P.H., FCCH Director of Community Health and Wellness. Giving children books in the examination room and modeling reading out loud for their parents is one of the most tangible ways we as physicians can have an impact on improving the educational outcomes of the children we care for.”

The Molina Foundation is a national nonprofit organization focused on reducing disparities in access to education and health. The Molina Foundation works hand-in-hand with community based organizations in vulnerable communities. We partner with preschool programs, clinics, schools, family service organizations, churches, and other civic organizations serving low-income and at-risk families. We have a special focus on working with organizations which are making measurable impact in the lives of children and families

First Choice Community Healthcare (FCCH) is a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system with eight health centers in three counties, and one school-based health center at Rio Grande High School. FCCH has been providing primary medical, dental, behavioral health care and WIC services for 44 years to New Mexico. FCCH plays an integral role in providing access to all people regardless of income or insurance status and believes in developing communities that promote and engage people in healthy lifestyles. To learn more about First Choice Community Healthcare, visit www.fcch.com.