Long Island's Healthy Libraries

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Libraries are an important resource for the communities they serve. The map below shows the location of public libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Using the options on the map, you will be able to see which libraries offered health and social support programs in the past. We hope that this map will help Long Islanders find classes that could improve their health!

The programs are categorized either by a Prevention Agenda Health Priority Topic (2013-2018) or a Kaiser Family Foundation Social Determinant of Heath.

Thank you to Valerie Lewis, Administrator of Outreach Services at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, and Nicole Scherer, Outreach Services Specialist at the Nassau Library System, for their guidance on this project. 

Map created by Master of Public Health and Undergraduate Community Health students from Stony Brook University and Hofstra University.

The Prevention Agenda was developed by the New York State Department of Health as a call to action for the health departments, doctors, insurance plans, schools, employers, and businesses to work together in improving the health of New York communities through an increased focus on prevention.

The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the circumstances that shape people’s health like where they are born, grow up, live, work and age. This list also includes socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood, physical environment, employment, social support networks and access to health care. Understanding these determinants are vital to improving health and reducing inequalities in health and health care.

Below you will find the categories of the Prevention Agenda Priority Health Topics (2013-2017) and the Social Determinants of Health.

Priority Health Topics (PHT)

Prevention Agenda 2013-2018: New York State's Health Improvement Plan | Dashboard

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)

Heiman, H. J., & Artiga, S. (2015). Beyond health care: the role of social determinants in promoting health and health equity. Health, 20(10), 1-10.