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Learn more about starting a Reach Out and Read program at your clinic

To become an official Reach Out and Read program, there are a few simple steps to complete: collect routine data, submit an application, and determine how your books will be supplied. Once approved, your providers must complete the online training course on program delivery. There are two important program roles to fill: Medical Consultant and Program Coordinator.

Application Timeline:

  1. Start an online application here. After you provide basic contact information, your program site will be issued a Site ID and password and redirected to, where the application is finished and submitted. During this time your site's status is "Application in Process." (You may repeatedly log in and work on the application over time.) 

  2. Along with the application you must also submit a letter of support, signed by the department head, clinic medical director, or executive director, stating your practice's commitment to the Reach Out and Read program. (Details on how to submit the letter and application are provided in the application.)  Once this is received, your site's status is "Application Complete".

  3. Applications completed by the second Monday of each month are reviewed by the Reach Out and Read Application Review Committee during that week.  You can expect to receive an email the following week. Approved applications become "Approved Needs Training." If your program site does not yet have the funding for a year's worth of books (100% of your Annual Book Commitment), your application will be placed on the waiting list.

  4. Once the medical providers at your practice have completed the online training, and staff members have been oriented, your site becomes "Active" and you may start implementing Reach Out and Read at your practice. 

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