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CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.
 / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island.As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...

DHS, DOH partner to award preschool-development grants

PROVIDENCE – As a result of a partnership between the R.I. Department of Human Services and the R.I. Department of Health, five health equity...
The state has released a list of 200 employers who had at least 50 employees on Medicaid for the second quarter last year./PBN FILE PHOTO BY PAM BHATIA.

State releases data on Medicaid employers with more than 50 employees...

PROVIDENCE – Nearly 200 employers in Rhode Island had at least 50 workers on state-supported Medicaid for at least three months last year, according...

Women’s Resource Center elects new board members at annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – The Women’s Resource Center, the nonprofit domestic violence and prevention services agency serving Newport and Bristol counties, elected new officials to its...

Castillo named Rhode Island Family Caregiver of the Year

PROVIDENCE – Noris Castillo, a caregiver with the PACE Organization of Rhode Island, was named Rhode Island Family Caregiver of the Year on Nov....
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...

UHIP spending projected to exceed $444M in FY19

PROVIDENCE – The new cost estimate for the Unified Health Infrastructure Program, known as UHIP, is $444.5 million through the 2018-19 fiscal year, most...
INCREASED RELIANCE: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff helps volunteer Yve Capella stock the shelves at The Olneyville Food Center at 261 Manton Ave., in Providence. Schiff says there is an increased reliance on emergency food pantries fed by the food bank in the summer months when free and reduced-priced school-meal services are paused, putting greater strain on low-income families to afford food. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Despite nearly 300 corporate donors, R.I.’s food bank waging uphill battle

Every Monday and Thursday Julie Guerin travels the 2 miles from her home in Cumberland to the 65-acre Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm, where she helps...
STATE REP. PATRICIA L. Morgan, R-Coventry, said "the vulnerable didn't ask for this to be launched before it was ready. The taxpayers didn't ask for thIs to be launched before it was ready." /COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

UHIP to-do list still lengthy

EIght months after the state launched what has been described as a broken computer system, the R.I. Department of Human Services continues to pare...
IN DEMAND: Michael Bigney, administrator and co-owner, Home Health & Hospice Care of Nursing Placement, goes over paperwork with Kari Raposa, a registered nurse and hospice clinical manager, at the hospice center in Pawtucket.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Low wages, Medicaid imperil hospice services

Hospice service, which includes nursing care, assistance with daily living activities, light housekeeping and companionship, can be a salvation for individuals who are expected...
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