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Coastal Medical Health Education Classes

For Coastal Medical patients only.

Coastal Medical offers a variety of free educational classes to help our patients better understand and manage their health.  

Learn More about Our Classes and View Availability

Click on each topic below to view its upcoming classes. All sessions are an hour long and held virtually through Zoom unless otherwise noted.

We are currently working on our class schedule for 2024. Please check back for classes happening after the new year.

Advance Care Planning Education

Coastal Medical offers a  free education session for Coastal patients and families that provides information and support for regarding advance care planning and advance directives.  See below for the next available session.

An advance directive is a tool for you to identify and document your wishes surrounding your health goals and preferences at the end of life.  Most importantly, having these conversations with your provider and family early ensures that your wishes are known and honored when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.


The goal of the Advance Care Planning education session is to

  • Define what Advance Directives are in detail  
  • Discuss advantages of completing advance directives 
  • Understand the different types of advance directives and identify the right documents for you
  • Provide detailed steps on how to discuss with your provider and complete the documents to successfully

Advance Care Planning Education (Zoom) Classes 

Sessions on this topic are currently not available. Please check back often for updates. 


Session 1: COPD The Basics

Learn how your lungs work and how they help you breathe. Understand what COPD is and who gets it. Learn what an action plan is and how it can help you manage your symptoms and prevent flares and hospitalizations.  

There are no sessions currently scheduled.

Session 2: COPD Management 

Learn more about your medications and their role in managing your symptoms. Develop your own action plan, ways to eat healthy and stay active. Discover the resources available to help support you. 

There are no sessions currently scheduled.

COVID-19 Information Sessions with Q&A (Live on Zoom)

Coastal Medical will be holding live online Zoom sessions where Coastal physicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists will address frequently asked COVID-19 questions and answer patient questions about COVID-19. The following topics will typically be covered in these sessions:

  • What to do if you are exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine
  • How to manage COVID at home and isolation precautions
  • COVID-19 testing questions
  • Current CDC recommendations for COVID vaccinations and boosters
  • Current COVID-19 available treatments and eligibility 
  • How to use a home pulse oximeter and remote patient monitoring technology

COVID-19 Information Sessions with Q&A (Live on Zoom)


Session Dates and Times:

There are no sessions currently scheduled

Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention

Unless stated as "In-Person Session" classes will be held online using Zoom. You do not have to have a Zoom subscription to view the classes. 

Diabetes Virtual (Zoom) and In-person Classes 

Session 1: Diabetes Basics and Self Management 
Learn about the causes of diabetes and the symptoms of high or low blood sugars. Review self-monitoring of blood sugars & certain factors that may affect your readings. Lastly, learn about how to manage your blood sugars when you are sick. 

November 12, 4 p.m. | Register here

Session 2: Diabetes and Nutrition 
Learn how exercise and food can affect your blood sugar level. Learn how to read nutrition labels and what foods are best to keep blood sugars under control.  Learn how to develop your own healthy meal plan.

November 19, 4 p.m. | Register here

Dining Out with Diabetes

There are currently no classes scheduled for this topic

Diabetes and Navigating the Grocery Store

There are currently no classes scheduled for this topic

Diabetes and Medications

Join us for a class taught by one of our clinical pharmacists for a tell-all on diabetes and medications. We’ll answer commonly asked questions, debunk some medication myths, and leave time at the end for a Q&A session.

April 25, 4 p.m. | Register here

Diabetes and Pattern Management

What is the purpose of checking blood sugar so often? What should I be doing with that information? In this session we'll discuss pattern management and explain how to interpret your blood sugar readings to help achieve your diabetes goals. We will review sample blood sugar logs and continuous glucose monitor reports for a guided discussion on how to take action.

June 6, 4 p.m. | Register here

Diabetes and Technology

Learn about recent advancements in diabetes technology including continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and smart phone apps. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, we’ll talk about how to incorporate these advancements into your own diabetes care plan.

August 22, 4 p.m. | Register here

Am I at risk for diabetes? Diabetes Prevention
Approximately 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes. More than 80% of those with prediabetes do not know they have it. Learn the risk factors and how to lower your chances of developing diabetes.

July 11, 4 p.m. | Register here

November 5, 4 p.m. | Register here

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

The free Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at the Lifespan Community Health Institute is an evidence-based program that teaches people at risk for developing diabetes how to implement a healthy lifestyle with the goal of preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.  To learn more go to the Lifespan DPP page

This program will start as a virtual class (via Zoom) and move to in-person when permitted. Childcare and transportation assistance available for in-person sessions.

To enroll in the program:
Call: 401-432-7217 or  Email: [email protected]

Emotional, Psychological, and Social Well-being

Anxiety Management in Children (ages 3-11): A Parent's Guide

Join us for an overview and panel discussion on different concepts to manage anxiety in children between the ages of 3 to 11. This class is presented by Coastal Medical’s behavioral health clinicians, including our licensed clinical social workers as well as our child and adolescent psychiatrist. Following the presentation, we will answer live questions typed into the chat by the audience.

  • The causes of anxiety in children
  • How to respond to an anxious child
  • Strategies and tools to support a child with anxiety

There are no sessions scheduled at this time. 

Caring for your Aging Loved One
Being a caregiver requires a lot of attention, all of the time. This discussion will look at the silent signs of caregiver stress, and introduce strategies for efficient and meaningful care and connection.

There are no sessions scheduled at this time.

Holiday Eating and Stress Management 
Learn tips & gain support from others in eating healthy and managing stress during the holiday season.

There are no sessions currently scheduled.

Grief: Coping and Connection
Grief can come out of many circumstances: the end of a relationship, retirement, leaving a home, or the loss of a pet or loved one. During this conversation we will discuss some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding grief as well as recognizing what might be a grief reaction/response and accessing support.

There are no sessions scheduled at this time.

Stress Management
There are many different reasons and ways we feel stress. Learn about your body’s natural reaction to stress, recognize your body’s individual signs, and receive useful tips and tricks to promote daily relaxation and healthy habits.

There are no sessions scheduled at this time.

Healthy Living and Wellness

Healthy Eating for Weight Loss

Are you looking to reach your health and weight goals through nutrition? In this session, we'll discuss nutrition basics for getting started in your weight loss journey. You'll learn about the benefits of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, foods that encompass a healthy meal plan, methods to work towards weight loss, and ways to leverage different tools to reach your goals.

No sessions are schedule at this time

Living Healthy, Getting Moving

Let’s get moving! Physical activity is an important piece of your overall health. Join us for a class where we will review the benefits of physical activity and discuss ways to modify an exercise routine based on your needs. We’ll specifically address exercise and discuss SMART goal setting, as well as other topics of overall well-being, including self-care and sleep. 

There are currently no classes scheduled for this topic.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Learn how to monitor your health condition and share online with your Coastal Medical Care Team.

Monitoring Your Health Remotely

Sessions on this topic are currently not available. Please check back often for updates. 

Smoking Cessation

This is a free, smoking cessation information and support class for Coastal patients wishing to stop smoking. 

  • Understand smoking habits 
  • Learn how to avoid and alter trigger situations 
  • Learn how to substitute an alternative for cigarettes 
  • Set a smoking stop date and develop a cessation plan 

Smoking Cessation Class

Sessions on this topic are currently not available. Please check back often for updates. 

Don't see a Coastal class that fits your needs?

Use the links below to see what some of our community partners are offering:

Hope Health Education Webpage  |  RIPIN Education Webpage | LCHI Education Classes


Need assistance with using Zoom for future classes? Consider participating in URI’s Cyber-senior Program.