Healthy Libraries Program

Healthy libraries program

The Stony Brook Medicine Healthy Libraries Program (SBMHeLP) is a partnership between the Public Libraries of Suffolk County, a unique group of healthcare professionals and graduate student interns from the fields of social work, public health, nursing, nutrition and library science, working together to provide access to both in-person and virtual healthcare related resources for public library patrons throughout Suffolk County.

This partnership looks to enhance the health and well-being of Suffolk County residents through library programming, collection development and dissemination of information on current health topics impacting our communities.

The program is supported in part by the American Heart Association of Long Island.

Health Happy Hours

Healthy Hour will be scheduled from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM every week.

  • Healthy hour is an open forum where patrons can come ask health questions.
  • Meet with representatives from Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Libraries Program to ask any health questions and get evidence-based health information.
  • Some examples of questions we can answer are: How can I manage my blood pressure? What diet should I follow if I have diabetes? What is the evidence for wearing masks and social distancing?
One-on-One Appointments

Do you or a loved one need help:

  • finding resources in your community, finding reliable health information, filling out paperwork for social services, finding housing?
  • Do you have questions about medications or a health problem?
  • Would you like to talk with someone?

You can meet virtually with students training in public health, nursing and social work. Please contact Stony Brook at [email protected] or call 631-216-8220 to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Webinars

Finding Reliable Health Information Online

Tuesday, October 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Now more than ever, it’s so important to know how to find health information that you can trust. During this webinar, you will learn how to search for clues to help to determine whether a website contains accurate information or not. You will also learn how to search vetted, reliable health resources that are freely available online. Come join representatives from Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Libraries Program and learn how to find what you need to stay healthy!

  • This program is in partnership with the Public Libraries of Suffolk County.
  • This is a virtual program that will take place over Zoom.
  • You may register at the websites of the Brentwood Public Library, Patchogue-Medford Public Library, Huntington Public Library or the Longwood Public Library.
Boosting your Immune System and COVID-19 Recovery

Wednesday, October 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Did you know the gut is the home of most of your immune cells? Join representatives from Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Library Program to learn the benefits of vitamins and minerals along with which foods to eat or limit to help boost your immune system.

  • This program is in partnership with the Public Libraries of Suffolk County.
  • This is a virtual program that will take place over Zoom.
  • Click here to register.
Primary Prevention and Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 27 from 02:00 – 3:00 PM

Meet with representatives from Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Libraries Program to discuss the importance of visiting your doctor, regular screenings and breast cancer for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • This program is in partnership with the Public Libraries of Suffolk County.
  • This is a virtual program that will take place over Zoom.
  • Click here to register.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

What is the WIC Program about? Did you know the WIC Program provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support? Join our representatives from Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Libraries Program to learn about feeding your child up to five years old and how the WIC Program can help to support breastfeeding moms!

  • This program is in partnership with the Public Libraries of Suffolk County.
  • This is a virtual program that will take place over Zoom.
  • Click here to register.
Past Webinars