Ex­ten­sion home­mak­ers pro­mote new pro­gram in Ben­ton County

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - From Ben­ton County Ex­ten­sion

Do you ever leave the doc­tor’s of­fice think­ing to your­self what am I sup­posed to do now or I for­got to men­tion?

The Univer­sity of Arkansas Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice and the Univer­sity of Arkansas Med­i­cal Sci­ences have teamed up to help Arkansans make the most of med­i­cal provider ap­point­ments with the pro­gram, “How To Talk To Your Doc­tor.”

Ben­ton County Ex­ten­sion Home­mak­ers Clubs are not only tak­ing part in the pro­gram, but are rec­om­mend­ing that other clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the county par­tic­i­pate and pro­mote it as well. The in­ter­ac­tive pro­gram fea­tures an un­der­stand­able and mem­o­rable strat­egy to know what to say to the doc­tor/med­i­cal provider, to en­sure you un­der­stand what was dis­cussed, and to leave the ap­point­ment con­fi­dent in the steps you need to take next. Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a free pocket-size book­let con­tain­ing the five-step strat­egy and an in­su­lated bag to trans­port med­i­ca­tions to the doc­tor’s of­fice visit upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram.

“How to Talk to Your Doc­tor” will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thurs­day, June 15, at the Siloam Springs Pub­lic Li­brary. The pro­gram will be pre­sented by Susan Pickle, County Ex­ten­sion Agent-Fam­ily & Con­sumer Sci­ences as­sisted by Ben­ton County Ex­ten­sion Home­mak­ers. There are Ben­ton County Ex­ten­sion Home­maker clubs through­out the county pro­vid­ing education, com­mu­nity ser­vice and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing the Sager Creek EH club in Siloam Springs. The Univer­sity of Arkansas Sys­tem, Di­vi­sion of Agriculture of­fers all its ex­ten­sion and re­search pro­grams to all el­i­gi­ble per­sons re­gard­less of race, color, sex, gen­der iden­tity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, or any other legally pro­tected sta­tus, and is an Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion/Equal Op­por­tu­nity Em­ployer.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested by June 9 but not re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for the pro­gram, How To Talk To Your Doc­tor, con­tact the Ben­ton County Ex­ten­sion of­fice at 479-271-1060. For in­for­ma­tion on Ex­ten­sion Home­mak­ers Clubs in Ben­ton County, con­tact Susan Pickle at 479-2711060 or spickle@uaex.edu.

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