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UPMC St. Margaret and Local Libraries Help Community to Participate in Their Own Health Care

 WHAT: An estimated nine out of 10 adults in America have difficulty understanding basic health information. To address this ongoing problem, UPMC St. Margaret has partnered with local libraries to conduct the Engage for Health program that teaches individuals how to be active participants in their health care, learn what questions to ask and how to better understand their doctors.
WHY: Becoming active and engaged in your own health may be difficult for some individuals, so the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network have created the Engage for Health program as a collaborative effort between libraries and health care providers. Libraries are a “safe zone” for their communities and allow for a comfortable environment to assist people in understanding how they can take an active role in their medical care.
• Amy Haugh, director of the medical library services at UPMC St. Margaret
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, Cooper Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15238. Registration is required. Call 412-828-9520 to register.
• 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21, Community Library of Allegheny Valley – Harrison Branch, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa., 15065. Registration is required. Call 724-226-3491 to register.

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