(Image courtesy Uphams Corner Health Center)
The associate medical director of the Uphams Corner Health Center will be recognized by an area non-profit for her work to promote literacy.
Dr. Elise Henricks will be presented with the Medical Champion of the Year award at a ceremony May 7 by Reach-Out and Read, a local non-profit organization that works with medical providers to boost early literacy rates and encourage school readiness in pediatric exam rooms.
“I have witnessed the power of this program to introduce families to a love of reading,” Henricks, a Dorchester resident, said in a statement.
Through the program Henricks “prescribed” books to children to encourage families to read together and share stories. Over the past year Dorchester’s Uphams Corner Health Center has distributed close to a 1,000 books to area children, according to Reach-Out and Read.
“One of the best parts of my job is handing a book to a child and seeing the joy and wonder in her eyes as she begins to explore it. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to take time to be together, which we need now more than ever in our community,” she added.
Although Henricks will be honored in May, Dennis Lehane, a bestselling author, Dorchester native, and supporter of the program, made a stop at the health center Monday to tour the facility, congratulate Henricks, and talk with staff and patients.
Established in 1971, the Uphams Corner Health Center officially opened on Columbia Road in 1973. The center provides high-quality, low-cost, culturally sensitive medical and social services to the surrounding communities including Roxbury and Dorchester, according to its website.