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Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia

Trude Haecker, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Trude Haecker has been the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia since the Affiliate’s establishment in October 2002. A general pediatrician well versed in the developmental issues of young children, Dr. Haecker first brought Reach Out and Read to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 1996.

Under her leadership, CHOP’s Reach Out and Read program has given out more than 1 million brand-new and gently-used books at well and sick visits through 13 of CHOP’s Primary Care practices located in West and Northwest Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, the suburbs of Pennsylvania (Coatesville, Drexel Hill, Kennett Square, Norristown, Pottstown, Souderton and West Chester), and Burlington Township, New Jersey. In 2000, Dr. Haecker was instrumental in obtaining funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand Reach Out and Read to the eight health care centers of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health. This expansion laid the groundwork for the creation of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia.

Dr. Haecker’s outpatient practice focuses on the comprehensive care of children born prematurely. She has vast experience with chronic medical conditions, developmental delays and care coordination and has written extensively in the area of medical and developmental care of young children in foster care.

Dr. Haecker is also medical director of Global Patient Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kirsten Rogers
Coordinator

Since 2002, Kirsten Rogers plans and implements the fundraising, budgeting, quality assurance, outreach, advocacy, and community-relations initiatives of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. She coordinates medical provider trainings and provides technical assistance to 62 Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia sites. Since 1999, Ms. Rogers also serves as Coordinator of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Reach Out and Read program.

Prior to joining Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia, Ms. Rogers worked as a certified child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Mount Sinai Medical Center and as a project assistant in venture capital and merchant banking at Morgan Stanley in Manhattan.

Chelsea DeGroff
Program Associate

Since 2017, Chelsea DeGroff assists Dr. Haecker and Ms. Rogers with all aspects of managing Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia, Ms. DeGroff worked as an account specialist at Avery Dennison in retail branding and as an IT project assistant for HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania.