Health zones target child development

TAKING THE LEAD: Thaysha Mejina, center, speaks with Jennifer Rossi, left, program coordinator for the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Judith Russell, right, nurse at Nowell Leadership Academy, where Thaysha is a student. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
TAKING THE LEAD: Thaysha Mejina, center, speaks with Jennifer Rossi, left, program coordinator for the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Judith Russell, right, nurse at Nowell Leadership Academy, where Thaysha is a student. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
Rhode Island is paying more attention to the urban mother-child relationship and its effect on children's health and development from cradle to workforce through newly established "health equity zones." Established this past spring, two of the 11 HEZ projects federally funded with $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Health will focus on maternal and…

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