Trude Haecker, M.D.
Dr. Trude Haecker has been 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 1.7 million brand-new and gently-used books at well and sick visits through CHOP’s Primary Care Centers. Reach Out and Read is currently implemented at 20 CHOP Primary Care Centers located in Northwest, West and South Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania suburbs (Broomall, Chalfont, Coatesville, Drexel Hill, Kennett Square, Media, Norristown, Pottstown, Souderton, Springfield, West Chester and West Grove), and Burlington Township, New Jersey and also at six CHOP neonatal follow-up programs and one cardiac developmental follow-up program. 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 focused 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. In 2020, Dr. Haecker was elected as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Danielle Erkoboni, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Erkoboni leads efforts to promote early literacy and learning through parent-child interaction in an increasingly digital age. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator within the Literacy Lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and since early 2020 Associate Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. Through this work and other diverse research initiatives, Dr. Erkoboni has partnered with multiple community-based organizations and stakeholders, including Temple University’s Child and Infant Lab, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia, and Read by 4th (Philadelphia’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading). Dr. Erkoboni is additionally collaborating with many of these organizations to bring playful learning environments to clinics, parks and other community spaces throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Dr. Erkoboni is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a faculty member of the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a general pediatrician at CHOP Karabots Primary Care Center, Norristown. She recently completed a fellowship in the National Clinician Scholar Program (formerly the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars) at Penn, where she received a Master in Health Policy and Research. Dr. Erkoboni participates on a number of local and national committees, including as a member of the Read by 4th Leadership Council and a member of the Council for Communications and Media of the American Academy of Pediatrics. At home, she is a mother to two young girls; her favorite children’s book is “Click Clack Moo”, by Doreen Cronin.
Katie Lane, MPH
Katie Lane is the Policy Manager for Reach Out and Read Pennsylvania. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of policies that support early literacy promotion in primary care. Prior to joining the team in January 2020, she was a graduate student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studying Social and Behavioral Science. While working towards her master’s degree, Katie was an intern in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital, a summer fellow in the Community Health Improvement Department at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and a part-time associate with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Earlier in her career, she was a Senior Business Analyst at Truven Health Analytics in their Federal Health and Human Services division in Washington, DC where she supported projects with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Katie grew up in Pennsylvania and is excited to be back in her home state. She is passionate about improving the health of children and families, particularly as it relates to equity and social determinants of health. Katie earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and received her MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA.
Kirsten Rogers plans and implements the budgeting, quality assurance, outreach, and community-relations initiatives of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. Ms. Rogers also coordinates medical provider trainings and provides technical assistance to 84 Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia sites. In addition, Ms. Rogers serves as Coordinator of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Reach Out and Read program.
Prior to joining Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia in 2002, Ms. Rogers worked as a certified child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia and The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and project assistant in venture capital and merchant banking at Morgan Stanley in Manhattan.
Alison Tepper assists with social media, donations of gently used children’s books, and special projects for the Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Affiliate.
Ms. Tepper is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs. Prior to joining Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia in 2018, she was a sales representative at the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team and a marketing and social media intern at Staffmore LLC and the Philadelphia Union.