Annual Meeting




“Mariana Glusman, MD, has more than two decades of experience as a pediatrician and a mom. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University and a primary care pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Uptown Clinic, an academic community health center.

Dr. Glusman was born in Argentina and lived in Mexico until she was 11, when she moved with her family to Boston. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University, medical school at the University of Chicago, and her pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial, now Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Glusman is an expert in language and literacy promotion in pediatrics, and has been involved with Reach Out and Read since 2002. She is the medical director of ROR Illinois, and spearheaded ROR’s Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together) initiative to improve the program’s impact in the Latino community. She is also involved in ROR’s initiative to start literacy promotion at birth.

Dr. Glusman lives in Chicago with her high school sweetheart and two book-loving teens. Her oldest daughter, Abby, is a Head Start teacher, working on her master’s in early education.”

Annual Meeting 2016
At the annual meeting of The Partnership for Children of Wayne County on November 17, 2016, over 60 community members gathered at Lane Tree Conference Center to celebrate the lives of young children and the accomplishments of the organization over the past year. The theme of the event was “I Love you like Sunshine.”

Dr. Mariana Glusman, author, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University was the keynote speaker.  Dr. Glusman articulated the significance of communicating to your child at birth by reading, singing, talking, and playing, which has a major effect on your child’s brain development.  Dr. Glusman stated babies are born with about 100 billion brain cells and they do not multiply, but build connections called synapses through intentional verbal stimulation.

Dr. Nancy Brown, N.C. Partnership for Children board of directors Chairman has been an educator at every academic level.  She emphasized the importance of dialogic reading as mentioned in Dr. Glusman’s presentation as helping children with comprehension by asking questions and interacting with the children while reading.

Charlie Ivey, Executive Director Partnership for Children of Wayne County, mentioned the funding cuts of the Pregnancy Birth & Beyond program and the increase of the Partnership’s In-Kind percentage.  However, he was optimistic about meeting these challenges with the continued support of the community and the Partnership’s dedicated board & staff.



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