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UP IN SMOKE: White Horse Vapor employee Joey Chen shows some of the products the vape shop carries. Owner Dino Baccari said a recent statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes forced him to close his White Horse Vapor location in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will stronger regs save vape shops?

White Horse Vapor expanded quickly over the past six years, growing from a single store in North Providence to three in Rhode Island and...
IN THE 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey it was found that 48.9% of Rhode Island high school students said they had vaped before. BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES

RIDOH survey data shows rise of vaping in students

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health released data Thursday that revealed a sharp increase in high school students reporting having vaped. RIDOH found that...
BROWN UNIVERSITY has $6.8 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in partnership with Rhode Island state officials. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University awarded grants to reduce opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Brown University was awarded $6.8 million in federal funding to work with Rhode Island health officials to help solve the opioid...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

5Q: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott | Director, R.I. Department of Health 1. What do residents who live in a state-designated “health equity zone” get that...
EXPANDING: Neyda DeJesus is co-coordinator of the Newport Health Equity Zone. The state is looking to expand the HEZ initiative with $1.4 million from the state and federal government to start new collaborations this ­summer.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Health Equity Zones encourage community buy-in

Studies have increasingly found that social determinants, such as where you live and who you socialize with, have a lot to do with how...
THE WEST ELMWOOD DEVELOPMENT CORP. and the R.I. Department of Health received $1.75 million over two years to improve educational, social and health outcomes for expectant and parenting teens and college students in Rhode Island.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. and RIDOH receive $1.75M to help...

PROVIDENCE – The West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. and the R.I. Department of Health received $1.75 in federal funds to improve educational, social and...

R.I. Department of Health launches Lyme disease prevention campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is reminding people to be wary of Lyme-disease-bearing ticks in the wake of reported increases in national...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY students working with the RIDOH Academic Center present research to the Bristol Health Equity Zone. A new partnership between RWU and the R.I. Department of Health will partner students and health officials on health research and hands-on teaching in the university's public health degree program. / COURTESY RWU

RWU, RIDOH partnership aids health education, research

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University’s growing public health program is getting a boost from a new partnership with the R.I. Department of Health that will...
INFLUENZA IS NO longer widespread in Rhode Island, the R.I. Department of Health reports. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH: Flu no longer widespread in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has announced flu is no longer widespread in the state, relieving unvaccinated medical personnel from the requirement...
THE SENATE GOP has revived its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act but is running out of time to pass the measure with a simple majority. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

ACA reform stalls as GOP takes second shot at repeal

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI Executive Director Zach Sherman’s hopes for health insurance market-stabilizing legislation were dashed Tuesday when U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor &...
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