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PREPARED: Health workers type on laptops inside the incoming COVID-19 patient tent set up outside the Emergency Department at Rhode Island Hospital in ­Providence. COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Coronavirus preparations at R.I. hospitals kick into high gear

Normally more than 90% full, Rhode Island Hospital’s occupancy rate in late March dipped to about 75%. The 247-bed The Miriam Hospital had more...
HELPING HAND: Nursing home resident Maria Castro receives assistance in washing her hands from nurse Maria Casal Hernandez, left, at the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County Inc. in Miami. / AP PHOTO/BRYNN ANDERSON

Nursing homes step up measures against virus

From Seattle to Miami to Rhode Island, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly are stockpiling masks and thermometers, preparing for staff shortages...
The Rhode Island Foundation has committed $1 million towards implementation of a 10-year health initiative. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation commits $1M to 10-year health plan for state

PROVIDENCE – After more than a year of poring over vast amounts of data related to the health of Rhode Islanders, the Rhode Island...
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...

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