Community Awareness Program at EI

Ask the Doctor, a free community awareness program offered by North Shore-LIJ Southside Hospital’s Department of Community Services, came to East Islip on the evening of Oct. 4. Sponsored by the East Islip Drug and Alcohol Coalition, the parents-only “Crisis in the Midst” symposium discussed all aspects of drug addiction, including its effect on teens.

A panel consisting of four of Southside Hospital’s physicians – Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo, Southside Hospital’s chief of cardiology; Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, chairman of family medicine for the North Shore-LIJ Health System; Dr. Scott Wodicka, the director of surgery; and Dr. Brian Blaustein, an emergency physician at Southside Hospital – interacted with experts on the topic and gave audience members at the high school’s auditorium a chance to ask pertinent questions. Guest speakers included Dr. Jeff Reynolds of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Dr. Michael Delman, Southside’s vice president of academic affairs and an assistant professor of medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Other community and health-related organizations set up informational booths throughout the high school during the Ask the Doctor event, including the Suffolk Department of Health, the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Day Top, Phoenix House, Prevention Resource Center, Family Service League, Suffolk County Police Department and North Shore-LIJ South Oaks Hospital. Students from the high school’s new Medical and Health Technology Career Academy also attended.