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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.

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The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Community Health Fair on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-7pm in Rines auditorium in the lower level of the Portland Public Library. The Health Fair is free and open to the public and will provide education on common chronic illnesses such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, balance disorders, depression, and more. There will also be a career discussion panel beginning at 5pm. Free blood pressure and balance screenings will be availablethroughout the night.

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Our health resources are meant to aid in your online research and learning. To access our online resources, you will need your library card number. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the reference department at 871-1700 x725.


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The next Open Enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1, 2015 for coverage starting on January 1, 2016. This page will provide information and resources.

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The results are in for HeLPURS, the first ever research study into the relationship between public library use and public health, a partnership between Portland physician Dr. Sam Zager and the Portland Public Library. The results provide evidence that public library use has quantifiable associations with health, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and depression-anxiety disorders. The most dramatic finding is that moderate or higher use of public libraries is associated with tobacco cessation. Individuals who have ever been smokers and who used the library at least moderately – seven or more items checked out per active year – were more than two times more likely to have successfully quit smoking, compared with smokers who used the library less.

Listen to Dr. Lisa Belisle’s November 14, 2014 interview with Dr. Sam Zager and PPL Executive Director Steve Podgajny.

updated: November 26, 2014

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[ See our original October 2013 post about the launch of the study. ]

Healthy Living

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.

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