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MaineHealth is here to help you find the inFalmouth LRC  Renovatedformation you need to live a healthy life. Our dedicated staff offers resources and information to promote healthy living, answer health questions, and prevent disease. 

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Figuring out how to be healthy shouldn't be hard.  We are here to help you take charge of you health. Start today by asking us your health question, signing up for a class or using one of our other free services. 

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Looking for health information? Connect with a health educator! Send us your health questions and get a response from one of our health educators in one business day. The health educators at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center want to help. We are trained to find credible health information you can trust. We are here to answer your questions, share health information and connect you to local resources.

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Take a Health Education Class

We offer many classes that can help you meet your goals and take control of your health. Our classes cover a wide range of health topics and are taught by local health experts including doctors, dietitians and health educators. Join us to learn about topics like heart health, stress reduction or healthy cooking. Many classes are free or low cost, and scholarships are available.

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Start Your Advance Care Plan Today

Meet with one of our trained Advance Care Planning facilitators to help you learn more about your wishes for end of life care or to help you complete an Advance Directive form. With an advance directive, you can have a voice in your health care even if illness or injury leaves you unable to make decisions for yourself. It gives your family and health care team your instructions about what type of care you would or would not like to have. We have trained facilitators who can help you better understand  your wishes for your advance directive.  We’ll even sit with you while you complete the form.

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Learn About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs

We offer a variety of classes around mindfulness as well as offer books and resources on the topic.  

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Meet our Staff

We are a team of health educators who are committed to helping our community be the healthiest it can be. 

Jessica Begley
Jessica is a program manager with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. Jessica received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She has a passion for maternal and child health and is a certified lactation counselor and certified infant and child sleep consultant.

Mary Bitterauf
Mary is a program manager with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She has a background in nursing, health education, health and wellness coaching, and stress management. Having completed her certification training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), she is qualified to teach the 8-week program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Kayla Blais
Kayla is a health educator with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service. Kayla believes that it’s everyone’s right to have health information that is easy to understand and written in plain language. So that’s what she helps people find!

Bonnie Carleton
Bonnie is a health educator with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She has a BS in Community Health Education and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington. Bonnie is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from The National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. She is a trained health & wellness coach through Real Balance and also a certified advance care planning (ACP) facilitator through Respecting Choices. She helps people find the information and resources they need to get (and stay!) healthy.

Lynn Connolly
Lynn is a program management specialist with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a degree in Office Management and is pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. She has worked for MaineHealth since 2004 and the Education and Training Program since 2012.

Ellie Foster
Ellie is a program manager focused on the area of patient centered communication. She is a trained health and wellness coach through Real Balance Global Wellness Services and has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Jean Gould
Jean is a senior program manager and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine. Jean has been working in the health care field for over 20 years. Since moving back to Maine in 2001, she has enjoyed working with patients by providing tools and guidance to help them find high quality trusted health resources.

Jenny Marcoux
Jenny is a health educator with the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She has a BS in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies from the University of New England in Biddeford. 

Tina Pettingill
Tina is the Director of the Community Education Program. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Indiana University and has almost 25 years of experience in the field of public health. Tina is also a Certified Prevention Specialist and is especially passionate about reducing tobacco exposure and use rates and improving the patient experience. Tina appreciates the living near the water and the mountains in a way that only a Midwesterner can and spends as much time as possible in and around both. 

Julie Westerhouse
Julie is the administrative specialist for the MaineHealth Education and Training Program. She earned a degree in Photography from Ithaca College. Julie has lived in Maine since 2003 and loves all that the state has to offer from the mountains to the sea. She strives to guide you in the right direction and help you find what you are looking for!


Lending Library

Browse our free lending library to find health and wellness books, DVDs and other resources on a variety of health topics. Learn more.



Find Health Information

Use Healthwise, as easy-to-search health library, to find trusted in-depth information on many different health conditions and find answers to common health care questions.


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