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Hackley Public Library's 'Ask Me Anything' event offers parents health care accessibility

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Babies exposed to opioids in utero may experience withdrawal symptoms at birth, but these symptoms are treatable. Typically, the babies can go home after a few days or a couple weeks.

Parents and guardians in West Michigan have an opportunity to get their health questions answered during Hackley Public Library’s “Ask Me Anything” event with Muskegon Pediatrics’ Doctor Mounir Djemil.

The event, which takes place Monday, July 26, is designed to make healthcare more accessible, allowing the community to fire off their questions to Dr. Djemil without fear of fees or judgement.

"Sometimes people need to hear, 'Oh no that’s a good question, or that’s totally a reasonable question,'” Djemil said.

The pediatrician has a passion for underserved populations and breaking down these blockades for health equity. He said there are many barriers that can keep people from visiting a doctor’s office.

“We talk about insurance, transportation, being in a community that allows you to get to a provider in a reasonable amount of time, but even on the individual level it’s how comfortable are you?” Djemil said.

The event's conversations will include, but are not limited to, areas like newborn care, health and nutrition, vaccinations and immunizations, medication management and choosing a pediatrician.

Attendees can ask their questions during the event or ahead of time when they register. The event will be hybrid, with an option to attend in-person at Hackley Public Library or virtually.

The upcoming program is something Mallory Metzger, Marketing Program Coordinator for Hackley Public Library, said is exciting and needed.

“This is a great way to ask those tough questions and knowing that this is a safe place,” Metzger said.

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