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LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has committed $250,000 to support outreach and education efforts for the 2020 Census count in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Foundation helps fund 2020 Census count outreach and education

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has committed $250,000 to support outreach and education efforts for the 2020 Census count in Rhode Island, the...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION says there are more than $2 million worth of scholarships available through funds managed by the philanthropic agency. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation announces students can apply for $2M in scholarships

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s high school students can now access more than $2 million in college scholarships administered by the Rhode Island Foundation, according...

Bay State does what Ocean State should

Two recent exhortations to improve K-12 education in Rhode Island have landed on much the same conclusion. The state needs to step up and...

Get opportunity zones right

A new government incentive to encourage private investment where it is most needed presents tremendous potential in Rhode Island.The incentive comes in the form...

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...

Pawtucket accepting applications for free rain barrels

PAWTUCKET – In order to reduce stress on the city’s drainage system, residents will again be able to receive a free rain barrel for...
THREE RHODE ISLAND WRITERS have been awarded $25,000 by the Rhode Island Foundation's Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Rhode Island Foundation awards 3 writers $25K

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a combined $75,000 to three writers to write for one year, the foundation announced Friday.The $25,000...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.
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Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives...

For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives.A July 1924 Providence...
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