Neighborhood Health caps off 25th anniversary with $25K donation

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH PLAN of Rhode Island CEO and President Peter Marino, left, presents a $25,000 check to the Rhode Island Health Center Association as the final donation of Neighborhood’s 25th Anniversary Charitable Giving Program. Accepting the check on behalf of RIHCA is Dennis Roy, Neighborhood board member and CEO and president at East Bay Community Action Program. / COURTESY CONSTANCE BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

SMITHFIELD – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island wrapped up its monthslong 25th anniversary celebration last week with a $25,000 donation to the Rhode Island Health Center Association.

The money will help pay for education programming at community health centers across the state. It was given as part of Neighborhood’s 25th Anniversary Charitable Giving Program.

Earlier donation recipients included Adoption Rhode Island, Help the Homeless RI and House of Hope Community Development Corp., all of which received $2,500 from Neighborhood at previous anniversary gatherings.

“I was delighted when Neighborhood advised me about this contribution. The funds will allow us to continue our mission of supporting Rhode Island’s community health centers through programming based on their needs, as well as host lectures and trainings on topics important to advancing clinical knowledge and understanding changes in regulations and policies,” said Jane Hayward, RIHCA’s CEO and president. Hayward also serves as vice-chairwoman of Neighborhood’s board of directors.

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Founded in 1994, Neighborhood has grown from 1,490 members to about 195,000. The nonprofit health plan serves at-risk and underserved populations.

“We’ve come a long way since our founders started having conversations in the basement of the [R.I.] Department of Health about creating a health plan for Rhode Island’s at-risk populations,” said Peter Marino, Neighborhood CEO and president. “While much about the health care landscape has changed over the last two decades, one thing that has remained a constant is our steadfast commitment to our members and mission.”

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