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MOISES FORTES of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe recently, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s new COVID-19 vaccine strategy will involve family doctors

The R.I. Department of Health is moving to include primary care doctors – the health care professionals with the most intimate knowledge of people’s...
SHOT IN THE ARM: Moises Fortes of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. The organization will receive $4 million from the American Rescue Plan to help keep services going. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. health centers get crucial cash injection

Karen Mazzola had tears in her eyes when she administered Thundermist Health Center’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot late last year. “I was just overwhelmed with...
HEALTHY DISTRIBUTION: Joseph DeSantis, right, CEO and president of Tri-County Community Action Agency, and Jacquelyn Lorenti, medical assistant, help distribute COVID-19 kits at the agency’s testing site in Johnston, while Medical Director Dr. Wilfredo Giordano-Perez, left, administers a COVID-19 test. The kits distributed by the group include masks, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues and health-related educational information. / COURTESY TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

Tri-County Community Action Agency provides COVID testing, fuel amid pandemic

THE TRI-COUNTY Community Action Agency has been aiding those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, including hosting COVID-19 testing at its Johnston site and...

Loan repayment program a recruiting tool in opioid battle

A federal loan repayment program aimed at getting more health care providers to help people suffering from opioid dependency is crucial to fighting what...
NINE RHODE ISLAND entities will receive a combined $2.1 million in funds related to addressing the opioid crisis. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AUDREY RUDAKOV

R.I. to receive $2.1M in HHS funds for opioid treatment...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $2.1 million for opioid treatment programs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. Of the total,...

Five Questions With: Joseph DeSantis

When Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action Agency decided to merge almost three years ago to form Tri-County Community Action Agency,...
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, PHIL MASON of ServiceMaster by Mason; Elizabeth Eckel, chief marketing officer for The Washington Trust Co.; and Beth Markowski-Roop of ServiceMaster by Mason pose with donated peanut butter at Washington Trust's Westerly Branch as ServiceMaster by Mason delivers boxes of peanut butter to Washington Trust's 19th annual Peanut Butter Drive. / COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO.

Washington Trust collects 3.4 tons of peanut butter during annual drive

WESTERLY — About 6,800 pounds, or 3.4 tons, of peanut butter were collected for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and 12 area food...

PACE Organization honors external partners at annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – PACE Organization of Rhode Island recognized its external partners during its annual meeting on Dec. 4. The organization, a health plan serving older...
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Health and Human Services announced $15 million in federal funds to combat the opioid crisis in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

R.I. receives $15M in federal funds to combat opioids

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is receiving $15 million to combat the opioid crisis from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department...
the prop: With his physician’s coat and stethoscope, Dr. Matthew Malek said, “Our passion at Tri-County is for innovating new ways to make the best place to practice primary care in Rhode Island.”   / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Dr. Matthew Malek, 34

MEDICAL DIRECTOR – TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY Where do you see yourself professionally in 20 years? Happy doctors make healthy patients. So I see myself...

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