We at Suffolk AME never cease to be amazed by the knowledge, skills, and altruism of our membership. Each and every day, whether they are on the clock or using their personal time, our members dedicate their expertise to bettering the community.  

Debora Rippel, a Senior Public Health Educator in the Health Services Unit, will be conducting Diabetes Prevention Programs at various locations in the coming months, and will host several informational sessions at local libraries! 

Informational Sessions: 

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM 

Location: Sayville Library 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM 

Location: Hauppauge Public Library 

This program is aimed at helping those who are at risk for developing Type-2 diabetes; already have pre-diabetes, family history, are overweight/obese, or have a co-morbidity such as hypertension.  It is not for people already diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Program Locations: 

Pre-registration is required. Please call the numbers listed below. 

Sun River Health Patchogue (WEDNESDAY)

501 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue 

Dates: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13, 20 January 3, 10, 17 February 7, 21, then monthly starting in March.  Dates TBD 

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM 

Contact: Debora 631-853-2928 or 

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St Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (THURSDAY)  

50 NY-25A, Smithtown 

Dates: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12.  

Time: 6:00 PM- 7:15 PM 

Contact: Jen @ 631-853-3144 or or Debora @ 631-853-2928 or  

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Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program by clicking here. If you have prediabetes, you can take control and reduce your risk of developing diabetes today. Thank you Debora for sharing your expertise with our community members and helping to teach important information and life skills for the prevention of diabetes. Please note, this program is brought to the public by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.