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HELPING HAND: Karen Emmes, left, a community outreach specialist for the East Providence Health Equity Zone, passes out supplies during the Touch-a-Truck event in 2022. Funding questions have put the Rhode Island HEZ initiative in doubt. 
COURTESY EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

Future of R.I.’s health equity zones unclear amid funding gap

In 2015, Rhode Island pioneered the Health Equity Zone Initiative, a community-focused program meant to help fill gaps in health care. But now the...
PURPOSE DRIVEN: Garrick Wann, a manager of client recovery advisers at Aware Recovery Care of Rhode Island LLC, has had his own battles with addiction but uses that experience to help others, giving him a sense of purpose. 
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH GRAHAM

An approach to addiction that’s uncommon in R.I.

As someone who has gone through his own struggles with addiction recovery, Garrick Wann knows just how meaningful it is to spend time with...
THE PRESCRIPTION? Kerry LaPlante, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, says pharmacists are underutilized in the health care system and should be allowed to play a bigger part. 
PBN PHOTO/E­LIZABETH ­GRAHAM

R.I. pharmacists looking for a bigger role in care

Pharmacist Ginger Lemay noticed something was off when one of her regular customers approached the counter several weeks ago at the chain pharmacy where...
ON THE CASE: 
Dr. Linda Carpenter, center, director of Butler Hospital’s transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic and professor of psychiatry at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, collaborates with members of the Butler staff. 
COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM

Transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments are helping patients with depression

Akos Antwi recalled the day when one of her clients who had been suffering with depression for more than 30 years came to her...
TEST RUN: The Stanford Neural Prosthetic Translational Lab team engages in a research session with ALS trial participant Pat Bennett. The team studied technology that would help people who have lost the ability to speak to ­communicate.
COURTESY ­STANFORD ­MEDICINE/STEVE FISCH

Text from thoughts could give ALS patients a voice

As a critical care neurologist, Dr. Leigh Hochberg often sees patients who have acute, ongoing and even life-threatening illnesses or injuries to their nervous...
SHOW OF HANDS: Rhode Island College social work student Julianna Alcantra, center, participates in the welcome event held by Atrévete Center of Excellence for Latinx/Hispanic Social Work Practice at the start of the fall semester. With her is, from the foreground, fellow students Vanessa Sanchez, Olivia Campos and Crissany Nazario. 
COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Closing R.I.’s language gap in behavioral health care

When Joise Garzon embarked on her career several years ago after completing Rhode Island College’s Master of Social Work program, colleagues and acquaintances would...
COMFORTABLE ­SURROUNDINGS: This is a rendering of what the 25-bed short-stay unit at Butler Hospital will look like when completed. The unit is expected to ease the demand on emergency departments at local hospitals that are treating people with behavioral health care needs. 
COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

Short-stay unit at Butler to ease burden at ERs

Normally, the auditorium at Butler Hospital in Providence is a gathering spot for conferences and panel discussions on behavioral health issues. But in early...
STAYING PUT: Joseph J. Trunzo, professor of psychology and assistant director for the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Bryant University, says having Rhode Island join PSYPACT will help keep psychologists from leaving the state.
PBN PHOTO/­PAMELA BHATIA

R.I. part of interstate pact key to mental telehealth

Providing mental health care to patients out of state has been a conundrum facing Rhode Island practitioners for as many years as there have...
MAKING THE ASSIST: Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center patient Andrea Blair, right, of Cumberland, wears the ­EksoNR exoskeleton and moves through a walking session with the guidance of physical therapist Allissondra Dutra. 
COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

High-tech exoskeleton lending a hand, arms and legs

Early last December, Chuck Allen was enjoying a lazy afternoon at home in North Kingstown. His wife, Becky, had run out for a few...
OUTREACH PREP: Emergency physician Dr. Rebecca Karb, third from left, speaks with health officials and House of Hope Community Development Corp. outreach workers before going to meet with homeless clients.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid housing shortage, access to care wavers

Sitting next to a campfire in a homeless encampment in a wooded area in Providence, emergency room physician Dr. Rebecca Karb found herself looking...
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