Health Services

FAQs

General Information

Q. I am looking for general information about cancer where should I go?
A. The American Institute for Cancer ResearchAmerican Cancer Society, NYS Department of Health / Cancer and the World Health Organization are all great places to start.

Medicaid / Insurance Information

Q. If I don't have health insurance, where can I go to see if I qualify for Medicaid, Family Health Plus, or Child Health Plus or where can I get help with this paperwork?
A. The Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council, Inc. – Facilitated Enrollment Program can help you out. www.nshc.org Click on Facilitated Enrollment located on the left hand side of the page. You will find a list of times and places that you can go to meet with an enrollment facilitator who will help you apply. There is also a list of the basic documents you will need to start the application process and a phone number in case you have additional questions.

Sun Safety

Q. Where can I find more information about Sun Safety?
A. The Environmental Protection Agency , Sun Safety Alliance and the Long Island Based Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign all provide
good information on Sun Safety.

Tobacco Control and Cessation

Q. Where can I find information about what programs are available to residents of Suffolk County?
A. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services offers free programs to help smokers quit. Classes as well as medication are available at sites throughout the County.

Find out about programs available to all schools in Suffolk County. Learn about local and New York State laws that prevent the sale of tobacco to those underage, protect all residents from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and how to make a complaint at: Health Education.

Q. Where can I find information about the health effects of tobacco use, exposure to second hand smoke and statistics on mortality and morbidity related to tobacco use?
A. Visit the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: www.cdc.gov/tobacco

Q. Where can I find statistics and information about health care costs related to tobacco use?
A. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids offers fact sheets that show the toll of tobacco use on health and budgets by state. Also find information about the Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco industry bad acts at: www.tobaccofreekids.org

Q. I cannot get to classes but need help to quit smoking. Is there anyone I can call?
A. The New York State Quitline offers counseling and limited amounts of over-the-counter quit smoking aids. Call them at 1-866-697-8487 or visit them at: www.nysmokefree.com

Q. I live in an apartment and smoke comes into my living space from a neighboring apartment. Is there anything I can do?
A. There are no laws that prevent people from smoking in their own homes. However, the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island is a great local resource and has information for landlords and tenants about the benefits of smoke-free buildings. Visit TAC at: www.breathefreely.org
Or, visit the New York State site at: www.smokefreehousingny.org

Information for Children

Q. Where can I find children’s health information?
A. The Children’s Environmental Health Network, Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and Healthy Schools Network all provide valid information.

Special Interest Group

Q. Are there specific cancer concerns to the LGTB Community?
A. Yes, please visit www.cancer-network.org

Physical Activity

Q. How can I find out what is the appropriate amount of exercise for me?
I want to be physically active, but where do I begin?
I started an exercise program but I am having trouble keeping it up. Any suggestions?
What about my children, how much exercise do they need?
A. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
See the guides and get more information at:

www.health.gov/PAguidelines

Q. I am elderly and looking for some information about staying fit and active. Where can I find more information?
A. The National Institute on Aging has put together a guide on physical activity for older Americans.
www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/Exercise.htm

For a fun way to track your activity, try AARP’s Get Fit on Route 66. You can measure your progress while on a virtual journey along the famous highway:

http://aarp.getfitonroute66.com/default.aspx

Household Cleaning Products

Q. I heard I can make my own cleaning products that are cost-effective and work well. Where can I find such “recipes”?
A. Check out Better Home Basics by Annie Berthold-Bond or visit her website at

http://www.anniebbond.com

Personal Care Products

Q. How do I know if my cosmetics and other personal hygiene items contain unsafe chemicals?
A. Visit
www.safecosmetics.org
For a comprehensive list of many beauty products, the ingredients they contain that might be harmful and the safer alternative products you can use.

Q. Shouldn’t I consider any product labeled “natural” to be chemical free?
L. Natural products still can contain toxins. Look for products consisting mostly of organic plant-based (botanical) ingredients. Visit www.cosmeticsdatabase.org for a list of safe cosmetic and grooming products.