Community Outreach

Being healthy lets you live your very best life. You feel better, your health is better, and you’re able to do the things you love. Turn to Beacon for help on getting healthy, staying healthy, making better choices to support good health as well as caring for chronic conditions.

At Beacon Health System, we believe in wellness, and it is our mission to enhance the well being of those in our community. To make this possible, we offer a variety of programs, events, and services to our patients and our community.

Whether you are looking to work on your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual well-being, Beacon Health System is here to help and support you.

ACE Interface


The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study was conducted in the 1990’s and funded by the CDCKaiser Permanente. The ACE Interface presentations can be customized for different audiences. Topics covered are 1) the ACE study 2) how adversity causes stress that impacts brain development, behavior and health, and 3) what can be done to prevent ACEs and build resilience.

The presentation offers an opportunity to learn about the study, how childhood adversity effects development and health, and strategies to reduce the negative impact of ACEs on individuals and communities.

Aging In Place


The Aging in Place (AIP) program provides health oversight and education, community resource navigation and social activities, helping the residents to live healthy, productive and independent lives.

An innovative partnership surrounds older people with a caring community of peers. AIP collaborates with a myriad of community partners using various resources to assist residents with current and emergent needs. The program is hosted at three sites in the South Bend area. Each location receives services that complement the unique needs of the residents served. A social worker and data administrator further facilitate independence and community building. As a resident-life assistant, the social worker is placed at each site to offer guidance and coordinate activities.

The program experiences steady and continued growth, keeping pace with needs in the community as the desire to remain independent becomes an increasingly relevant issue for more and more families.

Baby & Me, Tobacco Free


This program helps pregnant women with their commitment to quit using tobacco during pregnancy. Participants must attend prenatal smoking cessation sessions, agree to monthly breath tests to prove they are tobacco-free, and remain smoke-free after the baby is born. Successful participants will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers for up to 12 months.

Beacon Nutrition & Wellness


Beacon Nutrition & Wellness is a program for individuals who want to effectively self-manage their nutrition and improve their health. Education is provided by Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (RD/CDE) Laura Jordan. Each client will also work with a Community Health Worker (CHW) for help in navigating the health care system. Topics covered include education, medication management, social support and community resources.

Beds and Britches, Etc. (B.A.B.E.)


B.A.B.E. is a unique “store” that offers incentives to expectant mothers and parents to encourage responsibility and improve self-esteem.

Parents and parents-to-be earn B.A.B.E. coupons for keeping prenatal appointments, attending parenting classes, and other activities that improve child development and family health. Doctors, clinics and other social service agencies distribute B.A.B.E. coupons, which may be redeemed at B.A.B.E. stores for items ranging from diapers to childproofing essentials.

B.A.B.E. customers can also earn coupons by attending on-site classes; call 574.647.2201 or follow B.A.B.E. on Facebook for class schedules.

B.A.B.E. & More
325 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays 2 to 6 p.m.

B.A.B.E. Basics (diapers only)
201Lincolnway West, Suite 1, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beacon Language Services

574.647.7799 or 574.647.6796

574.524.7433 or 574.524.7434

When it comes to medical care, clear understanding between patients and caregivers is essential. Medical interpreters across Beacon Health System provide compassionate and accurate communication for patients with limited English proficiency. Interpreters have patience, a firm knowledge of medical terms, and are fluent in the language for which they are interpreting; they are also trained to utilize technology to assist with interpreting for patients whose language they do not speak.

Dame Tu Mano


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Un programa en español enfocado en la prevención y detección temprana de enfermedades a través de la educación.

Translated, Dame Tu Mano, means “Give Me Your Hand.” Dame Tu Mano represents Elkhart General’s long-term commitment to help improve the health status of our Hispanic/Latino community.

Cancer Education


Learn more about cancer education and screening events including “Look Good…Feel Better,” colorectal cancer screening take-home kits, skin cancer checks and more.

Childhood Obesity


Elkhart County Childhood Obesity Prevention is a collaborative effort to prevent and reduce obesity in youth.

The Community Resilience Center


The Community Resilience Center is a five year project funded by a grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. For children, traumatic events can lead to long-term physical and mental health problems. The Community Resilience Center is a trauma informed project that provides enriching after-school activities such as sports, extra-curricular activities, academic support and mentoring to minority and/or disadvantaged children age 7-12 who live in South Bend, Indiana. The center will also provide parenting classes, parent child activities, and weekly classes designed to build resilience and teach life skills – such as emotional regulation, communication, conflict resolution and peer leadership.

The Leighton Lecture


When the Leighton Center for Senior Health opened many years ago, it was heralded by an open forum and lecture about senior health. As the years flew by and the generational change occurred, the Leighton Center for Senior Health became BrainWorks, and then BrainWorks was eventually folded into CHE, but the Leighton Lecture continued.

Instead of role models presenting at the lecture, there began a trend of experts providing information. Ultimately, the switch from disease-process to wellness-process has proven itself very popular with the community, and the trend is expected to continue as the focus continues to shift onto pediatric health, following the priorities of our PHNA.

The Leighton Lecture is an annual free forum to educate the community which is open to all.

My Brother's Keeper


The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge issued by the White House encourages communities to implement a cradle-to-college-andcareer strategy intended to improve the outcomes for young people of color. The City of South Bend, assisted by community partners, chose to focus on reaching three priority milestones: Getting a healthy start & entering school ready to learn; Keeping kids on track & giving them second chances; and Successfully entering the workforce.

As the anchor organization, Beacon Health System will network and work with MBK community partners to complete the mission of closing opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. Beacon Health System has committed to spearheading the development and implementation of data-driven outcomes, ensuring efficiency and facilitating analysis, management, and presentation of data.

North Central Indiana Sickle Cell Initiative


The North Central Indiana Sickle Cell Initiative helps meet the needs of individuals with sickle cell trait and disease and their families through education, counseling, care coordination, screening and referrals.

Sickle Cell Facts

  • Newborn screenings now identify trait carriers (implemented in Indiana in 1985)
  • Those born outside of the state or the country may not have been tested at all.
  • Athletes in particular are susceptible to debilitating and fatal — and completely preventable — complications arising from the condition.

Sickle Cell Therapy through the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Beacon Children’s Hospital includes ongoing monitoring of children and adolescents with all forms of sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies, as well as management of acute complications.

Elkhart County
Healthy Beginnings, 1400 Hudson St., Elkhart, IN 46516
Third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake County 
Dept. of Public and Environmental Health, 100 W Chicago Ave., East Chicago, IN 46312
Second Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LaPorte County
Beacon Medical Group LaPorte, 900 I St., LaPorte, IN 46350
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Joseph County 
574.647. 1370, 574.647. 1371 or toll-free 877.647. 1370
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601

Pediatric Health Needs Assessment


Alongside the Community Health Needs Assessment performed for both Memorial and Elkhart Hospitals every three years, Community Health Enhancement has also pioneered the first Pediatric Health Needs Assessment (PHNA) for our area. Beacon Children’s Hospital services clients throughout the Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan region, and so the PHNA was administered to identify regional youth needs and implement strategies to address those needs, just like the CHNA.

Perinatal Infant Health Project (P.I.H.P)


The main outcome of the Perinatal Infant Health Project is to reduce infant mortality by following high risk pregnant women through their pregnancy and for one year post partum. Social workers make regular home visits with the expectant mothers, offering education at every visit. PIHP tracks maternal smoking, preterm births, healthy birth weights, breastfeeding start rate and babies living through their first year.



PEERS is Elkhart General’s middle-school risk avoidance curriculum emphasizing abstinence from sexual involvement, alcohol, drugs and smoking, and empowers youth with assertive life skills.

Smoking Cessation


Don’t wait – quit now! Contact Elkhart General Hospital to learn how you can be smoke-free.

School Health & Wellness Educators


The Health and Wellness Education Team has provided education and training to at-risk youth populations for over 15 years.

Our professional and experienced educators have a passion for delivering curriculum to students to enhance their development and knowledge in healthy behaviors and relationships.

Draw the Line! Respect the Line

Objective: To help students develop personal sexual limits and practice the skills needed to maintain those limits when challenged.

6th, 7th and 8th grades

This curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills critical to making good decisions. The program utilizes strategies to manage complex situations around relationships, personal health, effective communication, abstinence, and prevention of teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections & HIV.

QPR Training

QPR is offered to high school students, and stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, students trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to refer someone for help. Teenagers are also taught the importance of getting adults involved when there is a suicide crisis.

Navigating the Health Care System

This curriculum gives teens the tools they need to be able to take charge of their own health care. This class teaches the principles of self-advocacy and how to apply those principles to navigating patient care. For high school students.

This is (Not) About Drugs

This curriculum raises awareness of the risks of misusing prescription opioids and the connection between misus and addiction, heroin use, and overdose. Students are taught some of the many ways to ask for help with drugs and addiction, and presented with healthy alternatives to deal with teenage issues.

MindUP! ResilienceCurriculum

MindUP is offered to students K-12. This curriculum allows them to learn about the braina nd how it functions, gaining insight into their own minds and behaviors. The curriculum promotes the development of mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences, and growth as a human being and learner.

Adolescent Depression Awareness

The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) increases awareness of depression and bipolar disorder while decreasing the stigma associated with mood disorders. The program’s core message is that depression and bipolar disorder are treatable illnesses, and help is available.

Digital Learning Opportunities

Offered to students, parents, and teachers, Digital Learning is a collection of short videos, quizzes, and even full courses about important health topics affecting youth today.

Digital Citizenship

Offered to 5th and 6th grade students, this program empowers students to responsibly use the everyday digital tools that allow for creation and communication. Students are challenged to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Too often youth as well as adults misuse and abuse technology, unsure how best to respond to social stimuli in a digital world. Anything and everything is available at the click of a button, and thoughtless behavior can lead to dangerous situations. This curriculum helps students understand their duty to be digitally ethical, and encourages them to engage in positive, thoughtful social media use.

WIC – Women, Infants and Children

574.647.2100 or 574.647.2175

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children eat well and stay healthy.

WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and health care referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants and children up to age 5. The program is nationally recognized for improving access to nutritious foods, promoting healthier eating habits and lifestyle choice.

The WIC clinic also offers comprehensive breastfeeding assistance to pregnant women. After the baby is born, WIC offers Weight-Check-Wednesdays so breastfeeding moms can make sure their babies have appropriate weight gain.”

For more information about WIC, click here for WIC clinic information in your area, use one of the links below: