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 of:

When Breath Becomes Air

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

A Community Discussion — When Breath Becomes Air

Past Educational Events

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

Consider the Conversation - A documentary on a taboo subject

TIME: 7:00 pm

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.