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Community Education


South Central Regional Medical Center has cancelled all public health education classes, support groups and community events until COVID-19 no longer poses a threat or until further notice.

For information on classes and events, please call Karen Vanderslice at 601-399-0506.

Breast Health Education – Allow South Central’s Community Education Coordinator to arrange a special instructional program to be presented at your civic club, social organization or worksite at no charge.

Community Education Luncheons – From the home computer to the smart phone, while more accessible than ever, today’s health information has become more impersonal than ever.  The  monthly community health education luncheon is designed to offer a personal touch. Come for lunch with friends and get your questions answered by local health care professionals. Conveniently located at South Central Place, programs are scheduled at 12 p.m. (Noon) on a designated Friday of each month. A minimal fee of $8.50 includes a salad, entrée, roll, desert, and tea or water.

Prepared Childbirth – Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in life. Prepared Childbirth program provides the expectant mother and her labor partner with knowledge and techniques for a better birth experience. This comprehensive course includes: the birth process, normal experiences during labor, coping strategies, medication and anesthesia options during labor, coping techniques and new mother and newborn care. Participants complete the program with a guided tour of The Women’s Place at South Central Regional Medical Center. Expectant parents are advised to complete this course 3 to 4 weeks prior to your newborns’ due date. Classes are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at South Central Place at 9 a.m. A minimal fee includes all program material. Pre-registration is required.

Safe Sitter – This internationally recognized, medically accurate babysitting preparation program is designed for boys and girls ages 11 to 13.  The one-day course teaches childcare basics, ways to recognize and respond to emergencies, tips for injury prevention and behavior management. Safety for the sitter and babysitting as a business are discussed. Learning is enhanced through hands-on activities and interactive games. Registration is required.

Sibling Preparation Class – Becoming a big brother or a big sister is a major event in the life of a child. This program, designed for children 3 to 7 years of age, helps siblings prepare for the emotional and physical realities of the arrival of a newborn. Activities include role-playing with infant dolls, an age appropriate video, refreshments and a tour of The Women’s Place at South Central Regional Medical Center. The class is held every other month at 6 p.m. at South Central Regional Medical Center. Class size is limited to six children and their parents. This class is complimentary for those delivering at South Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is required.

Teens Getting Involved for the Future (T.G.I.F.) – South Central Regional Medical Center formed the T.G.I.F. program in 1998, as part of the Community Health Initiative. As part of the program, juniors and seniors from the Jones County Schools are selected through an application, interview and screening process to serve on T.G.I.F. The students are trained to educate middle school students about abstinence, as well as the dangers of drugs and alcohol. For more information, please call 601-399-0501.