Blood Pressure Hubs Open in Mahoning County Libraries

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The American Heart Association has launched its Libraries for Heart initiative across all 14 Mahoning County library locations.

Patrons who visit any Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County branch will be able to check their blood pressure at a blood pressure hub.

Library patrons will have access to a blood pressure monitor, American Heart Association guided materials on how to properly measure blood pressure, an explanation of what blood pressure numbers mean and a contact list of providers for anyone who needs a follow-up.

A kickoff event was held at the main branch in Youngstown on Tuesday. 

“We are thrilled to bring the Libraries with Heart initiative to Mahoning County,” said Erin Phemester, chief experience officer at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. “Blood pressure hubs within our library system are a great way to meet people where they are and improve the health of our community.”

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss and more, according to the American Heart Association.

“Addressing health needs in the community and removing barriers is fundamental to our mission at the American Heart Association,” said Valerie Weber, senior community impact director of the AHA in northeastern Ohio. “Not only is Libraries with Heart an opportunity for people to learn important information about their health, but it also provides access to community resources so those who need it can follow up and take action.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.