Information about the Coronavirus

Griffin Health is committed to the care and safety of our patients. Please call your doctor or provider before your visit. General COVID-19 information is available here. Questions about vaccination, testing, and assistance with VAMS call 203-204-1053. If you are currently eligible for a vaccination (CT State eligibility info) and have not already made an appointment, please call 203-433-3394 to speak to an appointment scheduling specialist.

Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.

A Healthy Spin on a Holiday Favorite

Indulge in this traditional holiday recipe that will leave you feeling guilt-free and satisfied!
The start of the holiday season is a time for festivity and food! The holidays can bring an increased temptation to indulge in traditional treats that contain excess sugar, carbs and fat. But what if there is a way to enjoy holiday classics without the extra calories? Here's a healthy spin on a favorite holiday treat!


1/2 cup cup raw almonds
1/3 cup pitted medjool dates, about 6
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed peppermints or candy cane

Pulse almonds in a food processor until crunchy or sandy depending on your preference.
Add the dates and blend well.
Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract. peppermint extract, and coconut oil. Blend for several minutes, scraping the sides to incorporate all ingredients evenly. Add a couple drops of water if necessary to help it move.
Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few final times to combine well. You don't want to pulverize the chocolate though.
Take a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. The coconut oil will soften so it may get very messy. The warmth of your hand will allow the coconut oil to help bind the bite. You will end up pushing it more together than actually rolling it.
While it is still warm press into the crushed peppermints in a shallow dish. Place on a flat baking sheet. Repeat until all of the mixture is used up.
Set the sheet of balls in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes to re-solidify the coconut oil.

Calories - 116
Carbs - 17.8g
Fat - 4.7g
Protein - 1.7g
Sodium - 3mg
Sugar - 13g

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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