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Community Outreach, Education, and Health Prevention


Above, our Harrington on Wheels mobile health van travels to many of our communities, providing health screenings and education to all ages.

We are dedicated to providing community outreach and education opportunities, giving our patients and their families critical information about their health and well-being. We present at health fairs, career days, town festivals and many other events.

Below is a list of just some of the community outreach and education efforts we provide. For additional information, please call Betsy Peppel, our Coordinator for Community Outreach and Wellness Education, at 508-765-2279.

Babysitter Training

Instructor: Rosanne Palumbo, RN, BSN, CLC

Contact: 508-765-2289
*Please contact the instructor as these courses fill up very fast!

Upcoming Classes: Call to inquire:
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40

Learn the basics of child care and safety with this babysitting education class – a collaborative effort with the American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR.

To enroll, you must be 11-14 years of age at the time of the course.

CPR, First Aid and AED

Instructor: Jon Gorman, RN, BSN

Contact: 508-765-2296
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ONLINE Enrollment Now Available:

Please click the link above for all current and upcoming Cardiac Rhythms courses, First Aid/CPR/AED courses, ACLS and PALS courses.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

Almost 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home.

92% of victims don’t survive, often because people around them don’t take action and begin CPR.

You can help change these statistics by learning and simple but critical skill of CPR. Harrington offers community courses for Basic Life Saving (BLS) skills for healthcare providers, Adult First Aid & CPR, Pediatric First Aid & CPR, and Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED) CPR.

Childbirth, New Moms, and Infant Health

Instructor: Rosanne Palumbo, RN, BSN, CLC

Contact: 508-765-2289 
Call to inquire about our upcoming winter (2017-2018) schedule!

We offer a free, weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, open to any breastfeeding moms. Call or email to learn more.

Being a mom can be frightening and exciting – and that’s why we are here to help! We offer comprehensive courses whether you’re expecting your first child, or you’re just in need of a refresher.

You should enroll in childbirth education classes by your fifth month of pregnancy. Our family-centered education program strives to meet the needs of every family member. Husbands, partners, and coaches are encouraged to attend these comprehensive courses close to home.

Flexible payment options are available. Some insurance companies offer discounts or reimbursements for childbirth classes. Please call for additional details.

Stroke Education

Instructor: Betsy Peppel, BS
 Coordinator for Community Outreach and Wellness Education

Contact: 508-765-2279

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Remember – a stroke is an emergency!

Harrington’s Emergency Departments are proud to be Certified Stroke Centers in partnership with UMass Memorial Medical Center Department of Neurology TeleStroke Program. We train our staff and the community on a regular basis about the signs and symptoms of stroke, blood pressure, and heart failure.

Stroke Education Links:

Teen Self-Wellness Program

Coordinator: Sue Fafard-Desrosiers 
Outreach Worker: Lisa Warren-Ritchie

Contact: 508-764-2441
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Through a state-funded grant, Harrington recently created our own teen wellness program and outreach effort called Harrington Self Wellness (HSWP).

Targeted at adolescents, ages 13 through 26, HSWP provides a confidential resource for those dealing with a number of domestic, sexual, or family situations, including:

  • Abstinence
  • Birth Control
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Dating Safety
  • Sex – Am I Really Ready?
  • Violence and Abuse
  • Talking to My Parents
  • STIs
  • Pregnancy

Our outreach coordinators travel to many different locations within Southern Worcester County and offer a local office for private meetings or phone calls.


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