ChapCare Partners with the Pasadena Public Library to Increase Children’s Reading in the Community

Published : Monday, October 3, 2016 | 9:23 AM

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare), a leading primary healthcare provider in the San Gabriel Valley, has announced a partnership with the Pasadena Public Library.

The goal of this unique partnership is to bring increased education on the benefits of reading, and to support library card sign-up for the Pasadena Public Library.

ChapCare will offer all children ages 0-5 and their families who access medical services at our Lincoln health center in Pasadena a brief educational intervention, a free bag with books and a library card application, and help parents complete the library card application and submit the application to the library for processing.

“Improving the literacy of children and their families is important,” said Margaret B. Martinez, MPH, ChapCare’s Chief Executive Officer. “Numerous studies have shown that improved literacy is a key driver of improved health and wellness. We are happy to support Pasadena Public Library’s efforts to increase reading among Pasadena residents.”

Other project sponsors include: the City of Pasadena, The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, Pacific Clinics – Head Start/Early Start, and Young & Healthy.

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) was founded in 1995 by a group of community residents, city officials, and health care agencies to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in Pasadena. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental services in 2001. Today, ChapCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides healthcare services to countless residents of the San Gabriel Valley. ChapCare operates 4 health centers in Pasadena, 1 health center in Monrovia, and 3 health centers in El Monte/South El Monte. ChapCare provides over 64,000 primary healthcare visits annually to over 15,000 patients.

For more information on ChapCare, please call (626) 398-6300 or visit www.chapcare.org. For more information about the Pasadena Public Library, please call (626) 744-4066 or visitwww.pasadenapubliclibrary.net.

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