Buckeye Health Plan and MetroHealth Medical Center

September is National Literacy Month ~ Promote Well Checks and Literacy Through Teddy Bear Clinics

CLEVELAND, OH — Going to the doctor is good for a child’s health, and it can be good for early literacy, too. In honor of National Literacy Month, Buckeye Health Plan is kicking off its year-long partnership with Reach out and Read, a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care to give young children a foundation for success.

Thirty-seven percent of Ohio kindergarteners are not on track at the beginning of the school year in language and literacy.1 This partnership aims to change that. Throughout September, more than 4,500 books will be distributed to children at pediatric clinics statewide to encourage families to read aloud together.

The partnership will kick off on September 9, National Teddy Bear Day, with “Little Bear Healthy Clinics.” During these clinics, Buckeye will give away books about going to the doctor and guide children through a Teddy Bear “checkup.” Parents will receive early literacy and milestone tips and resources.

“We’re creating a friendly and interactive experience aimed at encouraging child well visits,” said Dr. Cheryl Morrow-White, Buckeye Health Plan Medical Director. “We will have stations that young children can take their teddy bears through to get a checkup. This can help decrease their fears and make them more comfortable and confident about visiting the doctor.”

What: Little Bear Healthy Clinic

Book giveaway

Teddy Bear “checkup” stations

Where: MetroHealth Medical Center, Pediatric Primary Care Clinic

1st floor- Women and Children’s Outpatient Pavilion 2500 MetroHealth Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44109