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Book on health care is springboard for discussion in midstate libraries

Public libraries in nine midstate counties are partnering with Aligning Forces for Quality - South Central PA and WITF to encourage residents to discuss health care in their communities and generate ideas for improvement.


To help jump-start the conversation, the public is being asked to participate in “A Summer Reid,” a special program that invites residents to visit local libraries to borrow “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care,” by New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid.


Readers are invited to hold discussions on the book with their book clubs, friends, family members and co-workers.


In the book, Reid explains the handling of health care in other countries, including France, Britain, Germany and Japan, and shares the details of his tour of universal health care systems.


Those who read the book have the chance to win a copy of it, attend a private book signing with Reid and enjoy a dinner where he will be speaking on Sept. 11.


Readers are asked to complete a survey on the book by Aug. 30, from which 30 winners will be chosen. The reader’s guide and survey are available online here.


“Libraries are very well equipped to help our communities improve health literacy and the quality of health care. We are delighted to be part of this partnership,” said Trish Calvani, president of York County Library System.


“The Healing of America” is available for loan at libraries in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.


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