Dr. Nneka Hendrix named Medical Director for Reach Out and Read in North Carolina
ROR in North Carolina has named Dr. Nneka Hendrix as Medical Director for the state. In this role, she will support the needs of the growing ROR provider network across North Carolina and the integration of the provider voice into policy and strategic work of the organization.
Dr. Hendrix is a Board-certified family physician and has been practicing a broad spectrum of primary care while training residents in her role as Assistant Professor for the last 22 years at Atrium Health Biddle Point Family Medicine. This practice is a medical home to patients who are classically underserved. Her special interests are in early childhood development and literacy. She served on the local Reach Out and Read Advisory Board for 5 years in its early days and is the Medical Champion in her office for this program. Dr. Hendrix also has a practice emphasis in women’s health and performs procedures related to this interest.
“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and work together with the ROR team on supporting deeper integration of the ROR model within Health Care Systems, nurturing essential relationships and supporting in the creation of vital on-line trainings to build capacity of ROR trained medical providers,” says Dr. Hendrix. “ROR is an incredibly impactful intervention that supports early childhood development and is aligned with the social drivers of health.”
Dr. Hendrix was raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Creighton University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1997 and went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center while serving as Co-Chief Resident in her final year.
She has been married to Alan Hendrix for 18 years and enjoys spending quality time with him and their children, Nigel (15) and Alanna (12). She serves in the married couples’ ministry at her church and is a co-facilitator of their Sunday school classes. In her spare time, she loves cooking and watching the Food Network, reading, gardening, and family genealogy.