Apr 21, 2016

First Choice Gives More Books Back to Youth in the Community

Molina Foundation Donates 6,000 Books to Promote Día de los Niños y el Día de los Libros

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, First Choice Community Healthcare announced its second children’s book giveaway initiative at a press conference this morning at the South Valley Health Commons. The book giving is made possible by a continued partnership with the Molina Foundation that awarded First Choice Community Healthcare with a generous grant of 6,003 books as part of the Día de los Niños y el Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) initiative.

Día de los Niños y el Día de los Libros is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. This year, to demonstrate the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds The Molina Foundation is encouraging families to Share A Story (#ShareAStory) to celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through story-telling.

Approximately 40 children from the Pedro Baca Head Start joined the reading activities and will receive a book to take home with them. The remainder of the books will be given to pediatric patients and their parents throughout the eight First Choice Community Health locations in three counties of Central New Mexico during the remainder of the year.

First Choice Community Healthcare believes in incorporating early literacy into early childhood development, equipping parents 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.

The Molina Foundation is a national with 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. The Molina Foundation partners with preschool programs, clinics, schools, family service organizations, churches, and other civic organizations serving low-income and at-risk families. The Molina Foundation has 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