REACH Scholarship

Scholarships to attend our Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Program are awarded to primary care providers working in underresourced communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. These scholarships are funded by generous donations from the Neuberger Berman Foundation and individual donors.

2020 REACH Scholarship Recipients

2019 REACH Scholarship Recipients

You can provide better mental health care for thousands of low-income children and teens by donating to The REACH Institute Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your support!


2020 REACH Scholarship Recipients

We are thrilled to have doubled the number of practitioners who get a full scholarship to attend The REACH Institute’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Program this year. All 10 of these scholarship recipients will attend virtual trainings in fall 2020.


photo of Alicia AdamsAlicia Adams, MD, describes herself as "a community-based family doc with a passion for mental health." Her safety-net clinic in rural central Washington is three hours from the nearest mental health center, which has a long waiting list for Medicaid patients. Though she has become "reasonably comfortable" in treating adults with mental health issues, she wants to learn to help younger patients too.

photo of Raquel BottoRaquel Botto, MD, is a family physician in a Toronto clinic where 90% of the families are refugees. Parents and children alike suffer from mental health issues resulting from trauma and displacement; income, language, and lack of access are barriers to care. Dr. Botto plans to use her ability to speak Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, languages common in the clinic's population, to treat young patients' mental health issues.

photo of Moshe KupfersteinMoshe Kupferstein, DO, is a pediatrician in a clinic in Monroe, NY, most of whose patients are on Medicaid. From the beginning, his practice has included a mental health focus. He wrote, "Reassuring parents that a child's OCD doesn't make them a bad parent, following up on school issues -- those are factors that . . . take time to do right. But that's why we became doctors."

photo of Raynne Lee-HouseRayanne Lee-House, MD, is a pediatrician in New Orleans. Losing her teenage nephew to suicide spurred her interest in helping young people with mental health issues. She notes that "the wait time to see a mental health therapist can be a hindrance to care" and that she is in a good position to treat her patients because she has already established rapport with them.

photo of Joanne MartinJoanne Martin, NP, works in a child development center in New York City and has served as adjunct faculty for several nursing programs. She wants use her REACH training to improve outcomes for her own patients, share her knowledge with colleagues, and educate parents and the public about the benefits of early mental health intervention.

photo of Amber PendletonAmber Pendleton, MD, is a pediatrician and clinical professor in the University of Louisville's primary care clinic, which has been integrating a mental health focus. She says that the REACH program would "hugely impact" training for physicians, residents, and medical students; "we have struggled find a curriculum that helps us take care of the intense needs of our diverse, urban families of color."

photo of Annie RyanAndrea Ryan, NP, works in a Chicago-area hospital, where she cites "a desperate need" for pediatric mental health care. The wait is so long that many patients never are seen. NP Ryan said that her own family history of mental illness helps her understand patients' needs. She looks forward to being able to screen for behavioral and mental health issues.

photo of Jessica VangJessica Vang, NP, works in a pediatric primary care clinic in Minneapolis. She says, "My experience growing up in the Hmong community significantly contributes to my understanding of diverse mental health perspectives." She hopes to use her knowledge from our program to "normalize conversations about mental health" and help patients who otherwise might have to wait months to see a psychiatrist.

photo of Gita ViswamGita Viswam, MD, is the sole pediatrician in a safety net clinic in the Dallas area. Herself the child of immigrants, Dr. Viswam understands the stresses facing her immigrant patients. But empathy is not enough. "I am compelled to educate myself on the most effective ways to support and treat them," she wrote, in order to "contribute to improved mental health" for new Americans.

photo of Gul ZahidGul-e-Shehwar Zahid, MD, is a pediatrician at safety net clinic in a rural community in central California where psychiatrists are rare. As a child and young adult in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Zahid saw how behavioral issues often resulted from trauma, family dysfunction, or learning disabilities. She wrote, "My background helps me understand the unique needs and mental health perspectives of the patients and families I serve."


2019 REACH Scholarship Recipients

The REACH Scholarship will enable these five clinicians to participate in the Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Program this fall. Three days of intensive in-person training followed by six months of biweekly case-based phone consultations will teach them to assess, diagnose, and treat common mental health issues among their young patients--thanks to you.

These five clinicians were carefully chosen from among 22 worthy applicants. All work in urban settings, where at least 75% of their patients receive Medicaid.

Maria Arroyave, MDMaria Arroyave, MD, is a behavioral pediatrician who has set up her own practice in Orlando, FL, in order to continue to serve her patients in the wake of Florida's privatization of children's medical services. Maria has years of continuing medical education and practice in behavioral health care. She hopes to learn more "so I can see a larger population of mental health patients … and learn newer techniques and state-of-the-art psychopharmacology for them."

Lori Bennett, NPLori Bennett, NP, says that many of the children she sees in her clinic in Ann Arbor, MI, present with mental health issues. She also sees patients in family homeless shelters. She said, "Being able to assess and provide guidance and treatment in a health clinic that they already feel comfortable in and in a timely manner is one less barrier to getting the help they need." Patients in the shelters can transition to her clinic so they receive seamless care.

Elaine Coldren, MDElaine Coldren, MD, is a newly minted pediatrician at Erie Family Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois. Most of her patients' families speak languages other than English, which means they have trouble accessing medical care. Elaine, who speaks fluent Spanish, wants to be able to treat her Spanish-speaking patients for anxiety and depression so "they can receive treatment in a timely manner from someone who already knows them and their family."

Sarah Hahn, MDSarah Hahn, MD, is a pediatrician in a federally qualified health center in Chicago. Citing the barriers to outpatient mental health care faced by low-income families, Sarah wrote, "If I could … feel competent to intervene in mental health issues on the spot, I could provide immediate services to our patients at a fragile time, with an increased likelihood of follow up because it is occurring in an environment already familiar to them. This would surely improve quality of mental health care for patients in this community."

LeKia Parker, MSW/LCSW-ELeKia Parker, MSW/LCSW-E, is a social worker in a specialty clinic for children with chronic illnesses in Norfolk, VA. She notes that her practice sees most patients more often than their PCP does. She expects the REACH training to help her recognize early symptoms of mental health issues and thereby decrease hospital admissions. She said the training "will provide me with an opportunity to get the latest techniques and collaborate with other professionals to see what is working and not working in our practice."

Thank you for supporting these five clinicians! We'll keep you up to date on their progress.

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