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REACH Scholarship

Meet the recipients of the first-ever REACH Scholarship!

Supported entirely by donations from people like you, the REACH Scholarship will enable these five clinicians to participate in Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care 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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Judith Warner

Judith Warner is the author of eight non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, and Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story.

Her latest book, And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, will be published by Crown in May 2020. Her most recent book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication won media awards from The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as well as a Changing Lives Award from the Parent/Professional Advocacy League. In 2012, Judy was also the recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she specializes in women’s leadership and work-family policy, and is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. From 2006-2009, she wrote the popular New York Times column, “Domestic Disturbances.” She has also been a columnist for Time.com, hosted “The Judith Warner Show” on XM satellite radio, and was a special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She has been a freelance contributor for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines.

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