DECEMBER 2019: Climate Resilience Project, 2020 Census, and more! 

#PCFHEZ Climate Resilience Project

What does race have to do with climate change? Which neighborhoods in the greater Providence area are most at risk from extreme heat and flooding? What can residents and local government do to make sure neighborhoods are safe and resilient to climate change?

Take a guided tour of the findings from Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone's climate resilience project to make Rhode Island communities safer from extreme heat and flooding.


HEZ Learning Community Evaluation

To assess the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)'s ability to provide HEZ collaboratives with training and technical assistance over the past year, please complete this year-end feedback survey to reflect on your Learning Community experience throughout 2019.

2020 Census

Below are several resources that were mentioned in Nancy Wolanski's presentation from the December 9 Learning Community:

Undetectable = Untransmittable

RIDOH announced that it is joining other state health departments and organizations worldwide in supporting the international Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable, also known as U=U.
U=U describes the scientific consensus that people living with HIV who take antiretroviral therapy daily and have undetectable levels of HIV in their blood have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their sex partners. Routine HIV testing and timely treatment for those who are HIV positive is central to Rhode Island’s work to prevent further HIV transmission and to end the HIV epidemic. This concept is known as “treatment as prevention.”

“Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to be healthy, regardless of who they are, who they love, or where they live. Unfortunately, for too long factors like stigma and discrimination have been barriers to health for too many people,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “This campaign is about replacing stigma with science. By taking their medication daily, a person living with HIV can have a long, healthy life without any fear of transmitting HIV to their partner.”
RIDOH’s RIghtTime sexual health app offers information, resources, and videos on sexual health topics; sexual health and family planning services and locations; where to find free condoms; information on birth control options; information about pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which are medications to prevent HIV; and much more.


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Program

Electrify RI is an electric vehicle (EV) charging station incentive program administered by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) that seeks to make more charging stations accessible to Rhode Island drivers. The increased availability of charging stations will encourage state residents and businesses to make the switch to electric vehicles in order to reduce transportation-related carbon emissions and pollutants.

This $1.4 million incentive program will help fund the installation of new EV charging stations at Rhode Island workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, state and local government properties, and publicly accessible locations. Incentives will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program documentation, including guidance documents and an incentive application for qualified entities, are available here.

2020 Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is accepting applications for the 2020 Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards
This year, the Hassenfeld Institute is looking to partner specifically with community organizations, including nonprofit groups and government entities, to address critical maternal and child health issues in Rhode Island.  Details about the requirements and application process can be found here

Proposals must be submitted by 9 a.m. on January 21, 2020.  


A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

The Center of Biomedical Research and Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose and the COBRE for the Center for Addiction and Disease Risk Exacerbation are hosting Dr. João Goulão for a presentation and honest discussion on the public health approach to drug policy.

Dr Goulão is credited as the main architect and champion of the “Portugal model” of addressing addiction and illicit drug use.  This approach to addressing drug use in Portugal instituted nearly twenty years ago has led to dramatic improvements in the health of people who use substances and overall decline in the prevalence of substance use in the general population.

Limited seating is available.  Registration required.  A light lunch will be served.  

WHEN:                                                  WHERE:   
January 6, 2020                                    Laboratories for Molecular Medicine Auditorium
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                                70 Ship Street
                                                              Providence, RI 02903
register here

The State of Transportation and Health Equity

The State of Transportation and Health Equity, a field scan from Smart Growth America, looks at the intersection of transportation and health equity in the US today. Informed by 92 experts working across disciplines at the local, state, and federal level across the country, the report identifies the biggest challenges to health equity facing our transportation system and the strategies we should use to address them.
In this webinar, Smart Growth America will walk through the report and highlight the most promising strategies to advance health equity through transportation. 

January 23, 2020
2:30 p.m. EST
register here

A Primer for Local Governments on Long-Range Planning for Health, Equity & Prosperity

Where people live profoundly affects their health. City and regional planning plays a critical role in determining the health of a community.

Unfortunately, planning practices have contributed to a high percentage of poor people and people of color living in unhealthy places, widening disparities in health and wealth. 

To help planners across the country create healthy, equitable, and prosperous communities, ChangeLab Solutions has created Long Range-Planning for Health, Equity & Prosperity: A Primer for Local Governments.  The Primer is for planners, local leaders, advocates, researchers, and consultants who want to advance health and equity in their communities through long-range planning.

Neighborhood Groups and Politicians Strongly Support Providence's Climate Justice Plan | Uprise RI, December 9, 2019

What Happens When the News Narrative Flips? | ConvergenceRI, December 9, 2019

Disability Inclusion: Shedding Light On an Urgent Health Equity Issue | Culture of Health, December 2, 2019

Black Mothers Get Less Treatment For Their Postpartum Depression | NPR, November 29, 2019

'Food Pharmacies' In Clinics: When the Diagnosis Is Chronic Hunger | NPR, November 28, 2019

Low-Income Rhode Island Families and Seniors Are Missing Over 11 Million Meals Annually Says Food Bank | Uprise RI, November 25, 2019

Despite State's Improved Economy, Thousands Rely On RI Food Bank | Providence Journal, November 25, 2019

The Cost of Addiction | Providence Journal, November 25, 2019

Veterans Voice: Invisible Wounds, Fighting the Stigma Of Asking For Help | Providence Journal, November 24, 2019

A Cancer Care Approach Tailored To the Elderly May Have Better Results | NPR, November 23, 2019

They Bring Medical Care To the Homeless and Build Relationships To Save Lives | NPR, November 21, 2019



Let's work together to raise awareness of the exciting work happening across Rhode Island's Health Equity Zones. Reach out to RIDOH's HEZ Communications Lead to share:
  • News and upcoming events related to your Health Equity Zone.
  • Feedback on how we can strengthen our communications.
  • Plans for developing communications materials or holding public events.
Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Health Information Line: 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711

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