Community Wellness Programs

Community wellness programs are educational events that provide health information to the community. Some of these interactive programs include lectures given by North Shore-LIJ medical experts, lifestyle programs, health screenings and fairs.

To find Community Wellness Programs, please visit our community events calendar.

As an ongoing effort to protect and improve the health of its residents, each member hospital of North Shore-LIJ has created a Community Service Plan to provide current information of active community programs. Community residents can benefit from these services by improving their access to healthcare services; receiving screenings; engaging in community education and outreach; and attending support groups. To access the Community Service Plans for each hospital, click here.

North Shore-LIJ Health System provides many community wellness programs throughout the year, some free of charge and others at a low cost. Below is a list of some community wellness programs and contact information in alphabetical order. For a comprehensive list, please refer to each hospital’s Community Service Plan.

Healthcare Access: The Healthcare Access is a call center which primarily assists uninsured individuals with access to free or low-cost public health insurance or affordable medical care.  For more information, please contact the Healthcare Access Center, toll free, at 1-866-381-1931.

AHA TRAINING – NSUH and Syosset Hospitals are members of the North Shore-LIJ American Heart Association Training Center and provide trainings in Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) to members of the general public and to healthcare professionals that require certification in their respective professions. Contact: (516) 465-2500

CANCER SERVICES PROGRAM (CSP) – Through the American Cancer Society and NSLIJ, the CSP provides uninsured and underinsured women over the age of 18 with access to free breast, cervical and colorectal screening services and education. These services include pap smears and colposcopies for cervical cancer, mammograms for breast cancer and fecal occult blood test for colon cancer.
• Long Island Jewish Medical Center: Cancer Screening Program (516) or (718) 470-4165
• Huntington Hospital: (631) 351-2568.

CANCER SURVIVOR'S DAY – Nearly 2000 cancer survivors who are living with and beyond cancer are reunited with the healthcare professionals who helped care for them at the annual National Cancer Survivors Day event. Cancer survivors, their friends, families and health care professionals gathered to celebrate their health and share their emotions and experience with other survivors and their families. Contact:
• NSLIJ Monter Cancer Center: (516) 734-8900
• Huntington Hospital: (631) 351-2564

DEAF HEALTH SERVICES (DHS) - The DHS provides access for all individuals who are Deaf or Deaf/Blind while respecting the cultural identity of the Deaf community, including patients, parents, spouses and adult caregivers. Services are provided for Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center, Hillside Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset and ambulatory sites. A Lunch and Learn 8 week course is available to all Health System personnel to learn basic sign language skills.
• Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Zucker-Hillside Hospital: (516) 465-5209. Nights and weekends, please call the Page Operator at (718) 470-7700 and ask for the Sign Language Interpreter On Call.
• North Shore University Hospital: (516) 562-4602. Nights and weekends, please call the Page Operator at (516) 562-0100 and ask for the Sign Language Interpreter On Call. For TTY (teletypewriter/telephone) access, For hearing callers, call 1-800-421-1220. For Deaf callers, call 1-800-662-1220.

EMERGENCY SERVICES EDUCATION – Clinical leaders from Syosset Hospital provide lectures to ambulance crews and participate in community lecture series. In addition, hospital staff serves as the Medical Directors for area volunteer fire departments, provide quarterly didactic training sessions to EMS workers, and actively participate on regional emergency management advisory committees. Contact: (516) 496-6550 and ask for the Director of EMS education.

FAMILY PLANNING – NSLIJ is a designated New York State Family Planning Provider site. With this designation, NSLIJ can provide family planning services (including HIV counseling & testing, testing for STDs and dispensing contraceptives) to low-income community residents, with or without Medicaid, and regardless of immigration status. The program also provides routine gynecological care, the HPV vaccine, and pregnancy testing. Another aspect of the Family Planning program is an attention to community outreach and conducting free workshops of family planning-related topics for youth, teens, and adults.
Contact: Long Island Jewish Hospital: (718) 470-7036

GIFT OF LIFE – Currently, more than 95,000 men, women and children nationally are awaiting life saving organs for transplantation. In New York State, there are 8,500 on the waiting list with 1,000 in our immediate area. In an effort to increase organ and tissue donor awareness, NSLIJ hosts an annual Gift of Life Program for employees and visitors. Donor families and recipients participate in this annual event to acknowledge the importance of this need. In addition, NSLIJ, in collaboration with the New York Donor Network, provides educational tables throughout the year to educate the public of the need for organ and tissue donation. Contact: (516) 472-5829

HAGEDORN CLEFT PALATE CENTER – The Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center provides diagnostic, medical and surgical care to infants and children who are born with facial differences. All cleft palate services are available free of charge to all community members. These services include: cleft clinics, parent program support group, Teen Talk/Kidz Talk support group, lectures, and conferences. In 2009, the Center served 205 patients and the dental department at Cohen Children’s Medical Center served 46 new babies. Contact: (516) 466-2990 or visit (under “Centers of Innovation” / “Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center”)

HEART HEALTH – The Heart Healthy School Program provides educational information to students on heart health and also encourages students to consider a career in health care. Programs in the schools include “Walk Through an Artery” and grade appropriate information about cardiac anatomy and physiology. Contact:
• North Shore University Hospital: Patient Education Line (516) 562-8461
• Glen Cove Hospital: Nursing Education (516) 674-7833

NATURALLY OCCURRING RETIREMENT COMMUNITY – NSLIJ provides a range of in-kind services for Queens and Nassau counties in the form of Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) programs. Community health lectures are conducted by Nursing and Physician leadership in English, Russian, and Spanish, as well as providing free glucose testing. The seniors are offered screenings in skin, heart, and prostate, as well as immunizations for influenza and pneumonia. Contact: (718) 592-5757

NORTH SHORE-LIJ PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICE 1-888-321-DOCS – NSLIJ operates a telephone service for community residents who are seeking a local physician. Information is available on physician specialty(s), office location(s), language(s) spoken, hospital privileges and accepted health insurance plans (including Medicaid and Medicare). Bilingual telephone operators are available 24 hours a day, every day. Information can also be found on our website at More than 3,000 physicians affiliated with North Shore-LIJ are included in the directory. Contact: 1-888-321-DOCS

PASSPORT TO HEALTH – In order to help patients navigate the often confusing world of healthcare, NSLIJ has created a “Passport to Health” which is available to all community members for free. This pocket-sized, portable booklet helps patients organize important health information, from emergency contact numbers to their healthcare proxy cards. A key benefit of the book is that it enables patients to keep a current list of their medications, dietary supplements, immunizations and screening tests and have it available for physician visits and emergencies. Contact (To obtain a Passport): (516) 823-8871

PRENATAL PROGRAM – NSLIJ hospitals provide Prenatal Programs that offer access to comprehensive prenatal care for uninsured pregnant women, including those who do not have proof of citizenship. The program provides comprehensive medical and social work services throughout the entire pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care. Newborns receive medical coverage for a full year following birth.
• North Shore University Hospital: (516) 622- 5202
• Forest Hills Hospital: (718) 830-1074
• Huntington Hospital: (631) 425-5250
• Long Island Jewish Medical Center: (718) 470-7856

QUEENS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (QCAC) – The QCAC is a child friendly, fully coordinated, multidisciplinary program dedicated to the evaluation, treatment and follow-up of the victims of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment, as well as a co-located center for the collection of forensic evidence. The goal of the QCAC is to protect the child from further abuse, minimize ongoing trauma, and to rehabilitate and treat the victim. In addition, the Center strives to coordinate care and collection of evidence in a child friendly environment and to minimize the number of interviews that a child has to go through during the evaluation process. Contact: (718) 575-1342

REACH OUT AND READ – CCMC provides the “Reach Out and Read” program to parents and children between the ages of six-months and five years old. The program promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Volunteers also read to children while they wait to see the doctor. At well-child visits from six months to five years old, physicians and nurses give information about reading as well as new, age appropriate books to children to take home in English and Spanish.
• Cohen Children’s Medical Center: (718) 470-3005
• Glen Cove Hospital: Family Practice Residency Program (516) 674-7637

SAFE KIDS – Each year, over 4,000 children participate in injury prevention/safety education workshops sponsored by the Safe Kids Coalition, led by North Shore-LIJ , in partnership with Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County area schools, the PBA, government, and local businesses. These activities encourage kids to be active, have fun and be safe! Educational workshops cover topics such as water safety, pedestrian/motor vehicle safety, burn injury prevention, bicycle and sports injury prevention, enhanced “911”, pets and pals, and summer safety. In addition, child car seat check up stations are located on the campuses of Plainview Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, members of NSLIJ. Contact: (516) 465-2500 for additional information about the New York State Safe Kids.

SCREENINGS – NSLIJ provides community residents with free health screenings through programs organized by each hospital member. Screenings are held in conjunction with national campaigns (Heart Health, Blood Pressure, Prostate Cancer and Skin Cancer) and throughout the year at educational events, all of which are open to the public. Contact: (516) 465-2500

SENIOR NAVIGATOR HOTLINE – NSLIJ provides an information, referral, and assistance center designed to help seniors and their families with finding and accessing services. Callers can receive assistance with issues such as: caregiving, memory loss, home services, insurance, benefits, referrals, support and guidance. Contact: (1-888) AGE-MAP2 or (1-888) 243-6272

TEDDY BEAR CLINIC – The Teddy Bear clinic at North Shore University Hospital is designed to help familiarize children in the local community with healthy check up/doctor visit information. This program works in conjunction with Hugs Across America, a national organization that provides teddy bears to children in crisis or that have been traumatized. The teddy bear undergoes “a check-up,” following the same procedures that a child would during their own check up. The child then takes the bear home with him or her. A similar program is also utilized to do medical play with hospitalized children in order to access and improve coping skills during hospitalization.
• North Shore University Hospital: Child Life Services at (516) 562-3843
• Huntington Hospital: (631) 351-2364
• Plainview Hospital: (516) 719-2418
• Southside Hospital: NA

TOBACCO CONTROL – the Center for Tobacco Control (CTC) is an innovator in the development of smoking cessation classes that achieve a quit rate of 39%, far exceeding the national average of 22%. The Center provides free, large-scale, smoking cessation classes as well as individual custom-tailored quit programs. Elementary, Middle School Tobacco Prevention Initiatives, and High School Tobacco Awareness – Healthy Choices Programs are ongoing in local schools. The Center’s Adolescent Cessation Program has been successful in getting teenagers reinstated in school after being expelled for smoking on school grounds. Contact: (1-866) 864-7658 / (516) 466-1980, visit, or e-mail for more information about services and resources available at the CTC.

WORLD AIDS DAY - The Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) is a New York State designated AIDS Center providing state of the art treatment for HIV infected patients across Long Island. CART is supported by a Client Advisory Board that meets monthly to provide community input to the structure of its programs and services. Each year, in recognition of World AIDS Day, CART staff provides community members with education lectures, workshops, and other activities paying tribute to AIDS awareness and research. Contact: (516) 562-4280

Last Update

December 28, 2011
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