Reach Out and Read Regional Summit- Join us!

Who should attend?  NC, SC, VA and Greater DC– Reach Out and Read Medical Champions, Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Residents, Site Coordinators, Support Staff, Volunteers, Funders, Partners
When: April 21, 2023
Where: Raleigh-Durham, NC
The Summit will be held at the Doubletree Hotel 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham NC 27703.

Hotel Reservations
Rooms are available starting at $149/night with the ROR Group Rate. Click here to book online now!  Deadline to book with the group rate is 3/29/23.  After this date rooms may be available and standard rates will apply.

CME Credit
The Wake Area Health Education Center (Wake AHEC) designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of Wake Area Health Education Center and Reach Out and Read. The Wake Area Health Education Center is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Heath Educator Credit
Application for CHES® (entry-level) / MCHES® (advanced level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

Contact Hours
Wake AHEC will provide up to 5.0 Contact Hours to participants.

ANCC and the North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

How do I register?
Due to the requirements in order to offer CME, this year all attendees will register through the Wake AHEC website.  This is a multi-step, but quick, process.

  1. First, go here to create your Wake AHEC account. If you have an account through another AHEC you still must to create an account with this AHEC.
  2. Once you are logged in to Wake AHEC click here to register for the Summit.  The Summit will not show up when searched in the Course Catalog because it is a closed event with invitation only attendance.  You must click the link aboveNOTE: During registration you will see a question asking you to give permission to share your contact info with Reach Out and Read.  You need to select YES to this question or we will not know that you plan to come!

Do you like details and visuals? Click here for more detailed registration process information with screenshots.

Nominations for ROR Awards
Reach Out and Read is excited to present you with an opportunity to recognize outstanding Reach Out and Read Medical Champions, Coordinators and Clinics and we hope you will take the time to help us highlight some wonderful Reach Out and Read champions. You can view the nomination criteria at https://www.rorcarolinas.org/nominations/.    Nominations are now CLOSED.  Winners will be announced Friday April 21, 2023 in Raleigh Durham at our Regional Summit.

Call for Abstracts!
The regional office of Reach Out and Read – South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Greater Washington DC is seeking student, resident, and clinician posters to be displayed and presented in the poster walk during its 2023 Regional Summit. Deadline extended to Friday March 31st!! Get the details here!!

Summit Scholarship Opportunity
Thanks to several very generous donors, we are offering eight scholarships of $250 each for the Reach Out and Read Summit! The scholarships are designed to ensure our providers and clinic teams have access to join us on April 21st.  The deadline to apply for this opportunity has passed. 

AGENDA (updated 2/28/23)

8:30-9:15 Breakfast /Visit Posters
9:15 Welcome
9:30-11:00 Keynote – “Reach Out and Rewire: Neurobiology of Shared Reading and Digital Media in Early Childhood and “Novel” Approaches to Screening and Guidance”
Dr. John S. Hutton MD MS
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 “Healthy Mental and Emotional Development – Engaging with Families in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
– Marian F. Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP
12:15-1:15 Lunch/Networking/Recognition
1:15-2:15 Breakouts- Communities & Systems
You will have the option to choose one of these sessions when you register.

  1.  A holistic approach to Mental Health- Parent and Child
  2. Navigating Mental & Behavioral Health within Pediatric & Adolescent Care
  3. How Stories Helped Me Thrive- How to be an Advocate for Resiliency
2:15-2:25 Break/Move to new Breakout Session
2:25-3:25 Breakouts- Books & Diversity
You will have the option to choose one of these sessions when you register.

  1.   The Power of Book Choice
  2. The Impact of Cultural Pride on Brain Development
  3. Tools & Training: Using ROR to Open Conversations
3:25-3:35 Break/Move back to Main Room
3:35-4:00 The Gift of Feedback
4:00 – 4:30 Closing – Special closing session with NYT Bestselling author Dan Heath on the power of moments.


Thank you so much to our sponsors!


Questions: Email candace.perry@reachoutandread.org

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