Community Outreach Center
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. Click here for a quarterly list of all Community Outreach Programs and Classes.
Community Health Education
SMH provides several free community health education programs, including its monthly Lunch & Learn series and HealthTalk Speakers Bureau. We also provide booths and screenings for local health fliers. These programs seek 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 free monthly Lunch & Learns are presented by SMH experts and feature current healthcare issues and treatments. A light, healthy lunch is served, and free health screenings are available at each event.
SMH experts are also available to speak at your club, church, organization, business, or other civic group. Through the comprehensive HealthTalk and HealthWorks Speaker Bureaus, you have access to more than 1,000 dedicated experts who provide health education and wellness information, free of charge.
Classes for Families 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 aids parents along the difficult and rewarding journey that is raising a child. Our professional staff and subject matter experts are dedicated to supporting 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 child development 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 - For parents of children ages 1-5 years old. Addresses temper tantrum, positive reinforcement, redirection, and time out.
Safe Sitter® Babysitting Classes - Two day babysitting class offered in the summer.
Girl Talk - For girls age 9-13, explains physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Girls must be accompanied by female adult.
Guy Talk - For boys age 10-13, explains physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Boys must be accompanied by male adult.
Fit as a Firefighter Summer Camp - Week long summer day camp in partnership with St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 teaches strategies for a healthier lifestyle for children ages 8-12.
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.