As part of its mission as a community hospital, SMH staffs a professional Community Outreach Center that provides a variety of programs to help improve the quality of life in our community.
Education for Healthy Lifestyles
SMH seeks to educate members of the community on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, early detection of diseases, and how to prevent and treat chronic ailments. The Community Outreach Center hosts monthly Lunch & Learns, featuring pertinent health topics taught by SMH experts, free to the community. A light, healthy lunch is served, and health screenings are available at each event.
SMH experts are also available to your local club, church, organization, business or other civic group. Through the comprehensive HealthTalk Speaker Bureau, you have access to more than 1,000 dedicated experts who provide health education and wellness information, free of charge.
Classes for Parents and Children
We offer resources to educate and support parents to raise their children in emotionally healthy ways. Our vision is to strengthen families by nurturing confidence and enhancing parenting skills. From grooming your toddler's language and fine-motor skills to productive discipline to helping communicate with your teenager, our knowledgeable staff provides an interactive, nurturing environment that encourages parents on the difficult and rewarding journey that is raising a child. Our professional staff and subject matter experts are dedicated to providing guidance and knowledge to support parents in raising our community's next generation of adults.
Class registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. While many classes are free, nominal fees are charged for some. Pre-registration is required.
Parenting Support Groups – focus on sharing issues and insights about parenting
Me & My Tot Time – Weekly Support Groups for parents and their little ones (walking to preschool)
Baby & Me – Weekly Support Group for parents and their babies (newborn to walking)
Parenting Education Classes
Positive Parenting: A Guide to Age-Appropriate Discipline.
Programs for School-Age Children
Safe Sitter® Babysitting Classes
Trim Kids – 6-week fitness & nutrition program for children 7-12 years old
Fit As A Firefighter – week long summer day camp in partnership with St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 teaches strategies for a healthier lifestyle for children with weight problems
For dates and times of programs or for further information, please call the Community Outreach Center at (985) 280-8529 or go to the Calendar of Events page of this website.