Education:The Key to a Healthy Community
Education empowers people to make better decisions about their lives. It plays a crucial role in preventing unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and unhealthy relationships.
We Bring Health Education to You
At Finger Lakes Community Health, we are not only healers and providers, we are health educators and advocates. Education is a regular part of the patient visit at our health centers. We also have a Community Outreach Department where our Health Advocates address parents, schools, churches, health and human service agencies, and community groups using evidence based, medically accurate information. Upon request, we can provide specialized curriculums to teachers and schools, using books, videos and other materials. Our programs are free and designed to get people talking about issues in an open and non-judgmental forum.
The R.E.A.L Program for Youth
The R.E.A.L. Program supports young people and encourages respect for self, family, and the community. The mission and message of R.E.A.L. is to empower youth to be Responsible for Every Action in Life!
Topics covered in the R.E.A.L program include:
- Healthy Sexuality
- Healthy Relationships
- Abstinence and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Teen Development
- Peer Pressure
- Body Image and Self Esteem
- Decision-Making Skills
- Women’s Health
- Men’s Health
- Family Planning
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
- Goals and priorities
To request a program, contact a member of the Community Outreach Department at the phone numbers listed below.
Colleen Runner, Community Outreach Director
Olivia Catalano, Health Advocate, (Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Steuben, Cayuga Counties)
Pat Hall, Health Advocate (Wayne County)
To learn more about our health education services, call us at 315-531-9102. Or visit a health center nearest you for an appointment today!
Finger Lakes Community Health Reproductive Health program is supported by Title X funds.