Location: Penn State Medical Group
Each year, the flu season is a bit of a guessing game. While much is left to chance, some things can be done to plan for and prevent influenza, which is responsible for thousands of deaths each year nationwide.
Dr. Thomas Y. Ma, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of New Mexico – Health Sciences Center (UNM-HSC), has been named chair of the Department of Medicine for Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
For the past year, the Department of Family and Community Medicine has implemented a version of a program called Reach Out and Read with great success. In the program, medical providers hand out free books at well-child appointments, which opens the door to discuss the importance of literacy with moms and dads. Reading to a child aids in brain development, social interactions and emotional health, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.