BMH Hosts Info. Sessions on Navigating Healthcare System

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer free informational sessions entitled “Navigating the Healthcare System: What You Need to Know” during the month of February.

The three-part Patient Advocacy Series is designed to give both patients and their loved ones information that will help them communicate as effectively as possible with health care professionals.

Health care advocate Gary Hilliard of Senior Solutions leads the first session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13. “Speak Up: Advocating for You and Your Family’s Health Care Quality” discusses the do’s and don’ts of advocating for oneself and others, including tips on talking to doctors and other providers about what is needed.

The second session, “Medical Terminology for the Lay Person: What’s My Doctor Talking About Anyway?” will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20. Participants will receive handouts covering medical terms patients may encounter when meeting with a medical provider. There will also be a Q & A session where people can ask about their own experiences.

I Googled It So It Must Be True?” closes the series at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27. Brooks Memorial Library reference librarian Jeanne Walsh joins BMH medical librarian Jessie Casella and Jeff Harr, coordinator for the BMH Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, for a talk on the benefits and perils of online research. Subjects will include how to recognize reliable sources and research studies, and the presenters sharing lists of their favorite resources.

Each session takes place in the BMH Brew Barry Conference Center. People interested in participating should register by calling the BMH Education Line at 802-257-8877.