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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...

Rhode Islanders urged to carry naloxone to curb opioid-overdose deaths

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders are being encouraged to carry overdose-reversal-medication naloxone, after it was revealed more than one-third of opioid-overdose calls that emergency medical...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH has decided to hold off on regulation a group of chemicals, called PFAS, sometimes found in water supplies and soil.

State waits on regulating ’emerging chemical of concern’

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island state health officials are holding off regulating a group of man-made chemicals used in non-stick products that are linked to...
RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL has received $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of providing medication and care to people with opioid use disorder at pharmacies. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Rhode Island Hospital receives $1.6M to study opioid treatment and care...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Hospital has received $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of providing medication and care...

McKee calls for renewed, director-led state plan to address Alzheimer’s

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee recently unveiled an update to the State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, featuring a new set...

Thundermist Health Center visits schools to teach dental health

WARWICK – Thundermist Health Center hosted a monthlong celebration in recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month in February with a coloring contest and educational...

Health Services Council to consider Encompass Health’s application to acquire Care...

PROVIDENCE – On Tuesday, the R.I. Department of Health’s Health Services Council will consider an application to change control of Riverside nursing care provider...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
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Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...

URI announces speakers for 20th forensic science seminar series

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island recently announced the lineup for the Spring 2019 Forensic Science Partnership seminar series, including headliner Dr....

Partners CEO to retire in April

PROVIDENCE – Dr. David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare, will retire at the end of April, the company confirmed Jan. 28.The Boston Globe reported...
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