Wednesday, February 7th we had the pleasure to present a lunch and learn to the medical students at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. The relationship was formed last summer when a second-year medical student visited our office and interviewed our Education Coordinator, Karen Kemp, for a project as part of his family medicine clerkship. Together, we shared our vision of expanding access to early relational health and literacy resources within our community.
“The medical students would love this,” he said, as we highlighted our events such as Read and Romp, Read and Play Every Day at the Children’s Museum, and our participation in events at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Waterfire, and more.
RORRI always needs more hands at events and who better to engage with young children and families than our future providers!
Recognizing the invaluable role future providers play in engaging with young children and families, we reached out to the school, leading to an enriching Lunch and Learn session. Through this outreach we are expecting more than 15 medical student volunteers!
Our lunch and learn participants left with understanding of the history and mission of Reach Out and Read and the importance of positive, language-rich interactions and shared reading in early relationships.
Expanding the Relationship!
On February 23rd and 24th at our upcoming Read & Play Every Day event, these students will witness firsthand how collaborative partnerships between community resources and shared spaces bolster our collective well-being and contribute to the health and growth of children and families.