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MEAL TIME: ­Students at Nathanael Greene Middle School in Providence eat lunch in the school’s cafeteria.  Providence Public School District schools have offered breakfast and lunch at no charge since 2019 under the federal Community Eligibility Provision. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Governor’s plan to offer more free school meals is not enough,...

Food insecurity in Rhode Island in 2023 surged 30% year over year, according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. And compared with 2019,...

United Way of R.I. honors community champions

PROVIDENCE – Two individuals, a nonprofit coalition and a local financial institution were recently honored by United Way of Rhode Island Inc. during the...
WORKING TOGETHER: Panelist Dr. Claire Levesque of Point32Health Services Inc., third from left, speaks during the PBN Spring 2023 Health Care Summit and Health Care Heroes Awards on April 6 at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Also on the panel, from left, are Eric Swain of United HealthCare of New England Inc.; Kirsten Hokeness of Bryant University; Peter Marino of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Dr. Methodius Tuuli of Women & Infants Hospital; and Martha Wofford of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: Collaboration needed across the board to resolve health inequities in...

Inequities within the health care system are not only proving to be persistent, but they are getting worse. Panelists at the Providence Business News Spring...
THE RHODE ISLAND Foundation unveiled Friday its 2023 Policy Framework to state elected leaders in order to improve public education in the state. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF unveils policy framework to improve public education

PROVIDENCE – Adjusting the state’s funding formula to offer schools more money for low-income and multilingual students, creating a state fund to pay for...
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Clausius-Parks: KIDS COUNT will continue advocating for improving children’s lives

PAIGE CLAUSIUS-PARKS, who had been Rhode Island KIDS COUNT’s senior policy analyst, was recently appointed as the Providence-based child advocacy nonprofit’s new executive director....

Paige Clausius-Parks became executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in December. She previously served as senior policy analyst for the Providence-based nonprofit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Welcome new approaches

Paige Clausius-Parks | Rhode Island KIDS COUNT executive director Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has become a statewide leader in policy and advocacy working to improve the...

R.I. KIDS COUNT: Racial disparities remain in maternal and children’s health

PROVIDENCE – Racial and ethnic disparities still exist in maternal health in Rhode Island, according to a new report by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. The...
RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT'S latest issue brief released Thursday shows that racial and ethnic disparities remain in local education.

KIDS COUNT: Racial disparities remain in R.I. education

PROVIDENCE – Racial and ethnic disparities still exist in various aspects in education across all grades in Rhode Island, according to Rhode Island KIDS...

ACLU, student advocate group pen letter opposing body cameras on school...

PROVIDENCE – A coalition of nine groups focused on students and civil rights, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Inc., have released...

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England honors Leading Women

PROVIDENCE – Six prominent women, including business and nonprofit leaders, and one elected official, were honored by the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England...
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