Health & Wellness
Today’s health consumer must know the facts, know the choices, and be the decision maker along with his/her medical professionals in this increasingly complex and information (and misinformation) loaded environment. Health literacy has become vital and most of what we learn about health happens outside of the medical office. Beyond your own health, you may also seek information in order to make informed choices about health care, health insurance, and a healthy environment for the community.
PPL is assisting Dr. Sam Zager, Maine Medical Partners, with his current research study investigating links between library use and personal health of Portland residents — HeLPURS, The Health and Libraries of Public Use Retrospective Study.
If you received a letter about HELPURS, please consider participating in this study. We appreciate your interest. From this study, PPL hopes to gain an understanding of what the library can do to contribute to our community’s health.
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law intends to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.
The library is gathering information for you to learn more about the larger issues and the personal implications of the Affordable Care Act and help you make informed choices. Individuals and small businesses can use The Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1, 2013 to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can also call Opportunity Alliance’s 2-1-1 service to locate sources of assistance. Starting October 15th, trained Health Care Assistance volunteers from local agencies will be at the Main Library on Wednesday and Friday mornings to answer questions and/or help do-it-yourselfers to sign up online.
There’s a wealth of health information out there – resources on healthy eating, lifestyle, aging, living with disabilities, and dealing with life’s medical detours and trajectories. We’ve put together sources and resources to provide you with the help you need and authoritative advice you can use for a healthy you and a healthy community.