Learning Resource Center

How can we help?

Our staff is here to help you find the inFalmouth LRC  Renovatedformation you need to live a healthy life. We have two centers (Scarborough and Falmouth) available for you to come in meet with a health educator, browse our books or take a class. We develop and carry out strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. We create, coordinate and offer health education programs. Our dedicated staff also offers resources and information to promote healthy living and prevent disease, along with connecting people to credible information, resources and local help. Find reliable information through contacting one of our health educators for answers to your specific health questions. You can also visit our website pages, online library or attend one of our health classes.

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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Sign up for a health class!

Join us for one of our health classes.  We offer a variety of classes from healthy cooking to mindfulness and more!

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Learn More About Us

Meet our staff, sign up for our Health Matters e-Newsletter or browse our lending library. 

Ask A Health Educator

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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 Planning 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 Community Education 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 Community Education 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 Community Education 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 Community Education 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 from The National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. She helps people find the information and resources they need to get (and stay!) healthy.

Lynn Connolly
Lynn is a program coordinator with the MaineHealth Community Education 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 Community Education Program since 2012.

Ellie Foster
Ellie is a health educator focused on the areas of cancer and health promotion through social media. She is the webmaster for MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center and manages the CancerSavvy blog. 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 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. Jean is the webmaster for MaineHealthLearningCenter.org.  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.

Ward Peck
Ward is the administrative coordinator for the MaineHealth Community Education Program. Ward graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey where he studied philosophy.

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. 


Lending Library

Browse our library to find health and wellness books, DVDs and other resources on a variety of health topics, and find what you need to know to make the best health decisions for you.

Our books are free and you can borrow as many as you would like. We have many fantastic books for you to borrow. We offer health related books ranging from healthy cooking to end of life care and everything in between. We make it easy to take advantage of our collection of health materials even if you are not able to visit a MaineHealth Learning Resource Center in person

Browse our library of books right online here

Want to take out a book?
Email us. We will put your items in the mail to you with a postage paid envelope to make it easy for you.

How We Can Help

Meet Ellie Foster, a MaineHealth health educator and learn about some of the free services health educators can provide to connect you with the reliable health information you need to be as healthy as you can be.

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