Educational Programs

Islanders and their friends are naturally curious with questions from personal health to a range of global issues. As the pivotal health provider, the Peaks Island Health Center offers community education programming on topics of both broad and specific health-related interest for individuals, their neighbors and family members. Often in collaboration with other organizations, these events can be lectures, informal talks or hand's-on opportunities such as blood pressure readings and hula hooping at PeaksFest. Past subjects have included the Vial for Life program, organ donation, end of life considerations and Alzheimer's Disease.


A community discussion:

The Best Retirement Home... Is Home.

DATE: THURSDAY, June 22, 2017
TIME: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND

As Baby Boomers continue to reach the ranks of the elderly, the Aging in Place movement is growing. From Blue Hill, ME, to San Diego, across the United States communities are being formed to set the scene for those who live long, to live at home.

Relationships are key to independence in later life. An innovative way of aging in place is the Village model. The concept is to enable people to age in place as well as they can, for as long as they can, for as little as they can. A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together to figure out and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably in their own homes.

Join the board of directors of the Peaks Island Health Center for an illustrated talk by Len Freeman, a Mainer who directs his energies toward the development of Portland Area Villages. Chair of the Backcove Neighborhood Association, he has organized workshops for the University of Southern Maine's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute using the Village model for aging in place.


A Community Discussion with Len Freeman — The Best Retirement Home... Is Home.

Past Educational Events

A community discussion:

Tick Talk

DATE: THURSDAY, June 8, 2017
TIME: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND

TICK SURVEY REPORT: Maine islands have an exceptionally high incidence of Lyme disease. Carried by the deer tick, Lyme in our area is on the rise. Reported cases skyrocketed in 2016. This year’s count is expected to top last year’s as the winter’s snow insulated and protected the dormant ticks.

A field biologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s “tick lab,” Chuck Lubelczyk investigates the spread of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes in Maine and the disease agents they carry. The lab also develops new strategies for tick control.

In a timely and penetrating presentation, Chuck will report on the 2016 Maine islands tick survey. A focus of his program is prevention, including such measures as spraying property while considering the environment, wearing protective clothing and being aware of the tick habitat. Learn about the ecology of the deer tick and the special problems related to ticks on Maine islands. Find out what you can do to reduce your exposure to vector-borne disease, as well as that of your family and pets.

This lecture is co-sponsored by PIHC and PEAT


A community discussion of:

When Breath Becomes Air

DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
TIME: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND

Join us for a discussion of Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s best-selling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7-8 PM in the Community Room. The discussion will be led by summer residents Joy Mills and Buck Benedict. Everyone is welcome.

Why read and discuss this book? Perhaps Kalanthi’s wife answers this question best. “Paul wanted to help people understand death and face their mortality.” She goes on to quote an e-mail he wrote to a friend explaining that he wanted to help readers get into his shoes, walk a bit, and say, “so that’s what it looks like from here….”

Through his example, Dr. Kalanithi shows how to live fully into dying and how to interact with physicians and caregivers to make sure we get what we need to accomplish our goals.

Joy Mills is a retired Episcopal Priest and pastoral psychotherapist. Buck Benedict teaches public speaking at the University of Pennsylvania. Copies of the book are available at the library. We look forward to seeing you, Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM.

The discussion is jointly-sponsored by the Library, the Peaks Island Health Center, and the Peaks Island Cancer Support Group


Peaks Island Health Center and Peaks Island Branch Library present a screening and discussion of:

Consider the Conversation - A documentary on a taboo subject

DATE: THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016
TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND

Motivated by their personal experiences with loss, two long-time friends—one a hospice worker and the other a State Teacher of the Year—present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end-of-life. Consider the Conversation examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, and national experts from across the country.

The film runs 60 minutes.

Discussion will be moderated by the Rev. Larry Greer and Carol Schoneberg from Hospice of Southern Maine.


The Health Center and the Library have had a series of well-attended programs on end-of-life concerns, most recently the discussion of Being Mortal by Atwal Gwandi. The next planned program is a discussion of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, which will be moderated by summer residents the Rev. Joy Mills and Buck Benedict on March 9, 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend these FREE programs.