ROAR Program

FCCH Reach Out and Read

First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc. (FCCH) Is a Federally Qualified

Health Care Center System and a 501(c)3 Not-for-profit Organization

For forty-four (44) years, First Choice has provided access to high quality primary medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to the underserved populations of the Mid-Rio Grande Valley of central New Mexico.

Today, we operate eight (8) Community Health Centers and one (1) school based clinic.

First Choice provides a medical care home to over 50,000 individuals and families each year.

Understanding the need to improve not only the health status but also literacy of our Pediatric Patients, we have incorporated the Nationally known


Childhood Literacy Program
Reach Out and Read

Our Reach Out and Read program provides Pediatric Patients from age 6 months to 5 years with a new age appropriate, and culturally appropriate book. The program works with the help of our Pediatric Providers. As a component part of the pediatric visit, the medical provider discusses the importance of reading and childhood development. A new book is then given to the family with a

"Prescription to Read"

Reading aloud to a young child promotes development of a part of the brain associated with learning to read. The prescription to read validates the importance of reading to children.

For more information or to donate to this very worthwhile cause, please contact:

Connie Rue, ROAR Coordinator at First Choice Community Healthcare

Click Here for Program Flyer


Our Patient-Centered Healthcare Home makes you feel welcomed and cared for by a team that:

  • Knows your health history and goals
  • Communicates effectively with you and with each other
  • Gives you appointments when you need them
  • Coordinates the complexity of labs, prescriptions, referrals and insurance

We go the extra mile to help our patients get help paying for their health care.

  • We assist with Medicaid applications
  • We help patients find insurance on the Marketplace
  • We enroll patients in special programs when they are eligible
  • We provide a discount for services based on family size and income

First Choice Community Healthcare is a 501 c3 non-profit, community-based health center system that provides access to quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care to all people who need it -- regardless of ability to pay. We are a health center grantee under 42 USC 245b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 USC 233 (g)-(n).



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