Health Equity Zones

Working together to invest in local communities

December 28, 2018 Update



Interagency Safe Sleep Workgroup

Between 2012 – 2016 there were 36 infant sleep-related deaths in Rhode Island. The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)’s Safe Sleep Program is to decrease sleep-related infant mortality by promoting safe sleep education and supporting safe sleep practices among Rhode Island families with children under one year of age. 

The Interagency Safe Sleep Workgroup is comprised of members from RIDOH; the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families; the Office of the Child Advocate; and Parent Support Network of Rhode Island. To maximize and align the Workgroup’s efforts and find consensus across a broad array of agencies and organizations, the Workgroup is expanding its membership. 

Please help us recruit for this important workgroup. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 from 9 to 10 a.m.  If you, anyone in your Collaborative, or one of your community partners is interested joining this group, please contact Margo Katz or call 401-222-7761.  

Calling All Young Leaders!

The National Academy of Medicine is calling on young leaders, ages 5-26, to use art to explore how the social determinants of health play a role in shaping their lives and their communities and what it might look and feel like to one day live in a world where everyone has an equal chance to be healthy, safe, and happy.

Visual and nonvisual art, such as music and creative writing, are welcome. The submission deadline is February 28, 2019. Learn more.


Funding Opportunities

EOHHS Community Enhancement Grants

The Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is soliciting proposals from qualified providers to deliver projects that help older Rhode Islanders and those with disabilities thrive in the community. The agency has $500,000 to distribute through this request for proposals.

Applications are due January 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. Learn more and apply.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (5 per EPA region) of up to $30,000 each.  These grants are for one-year projects. Given projected increases in extreme weather events and the vulnerability of underserved populations, this opportunity will emphasize projects that address emergency preparedness and increase resiliency, as well as projects that include the needs of US military veterans and homeless populations.

Applications are due February 15, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children.
Applications are due January 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST.  Learn more and apply.

PeopleForBikes 2019 Community Grant Program

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the US. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.

PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. 

Online letters of interest are due January 18, 2019. Learn more.


Upcoming Events

Aquidneck Island Community Baby Shower

January 19, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
(Storm date: January 26, 2019)
Claiborne Pell Elementary School
35 Dexter Street, Newport

Expecting a baby? Have a newborn or young family at home? Join the Newport Health Equity Zone for this special event and learn more about resources
for families in your community! For more information, contact Latisha Michel or call 401-846-5263 x 320.


Health Equity Zones Learning Community Event

February 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick

Please join us for the next Health Equity Zones (HEZ) Learning Community session! More details and registration coming soon.


Monthly Health Equity Tips from Human Impact Partners

Starting in January, Human Impact Partners is launching a new monthly email series to give concrete tips on how to advance health equity in your organization.

Each email will include: 

  • A description of the tip, why it’s important, and how to get started.
  • Advice from others who have done this.
  • Links to examples and related resources to help you get going.
Sign up here and spread the word!

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

The new Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers a one-stop information hub for healthcare providers and other stakeholders interested in implementing trauma-informed care.

URI Free Seed Program

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Cooperative Extension offers free vegetable, flower and herb Burpee™ seed packets to schools, community and youth groups, 4-H clubs, community gardens, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and individuals throughout the US! The URI Free Seed Program is made possible annually through the generous donation of expired yet usable and unsold seed packets from Ocean State Job Lot stores throughout the Northeast. Seeds are available for the cost of postage if mailed, or through pick-up in Richmond, RI in January 2019. The deadline to submit your order is January 18, 2019. Learn more.

Prevent Overdose RI offers the public, policymakers, and healthcare providers a user-friendly way to learn about resources related to overdose and opioid use disorder. 


Health Equity in the News

Lifting spirits during this season, Providence Journal, December 27, 2018

Sabin Point Beach to open for swimming?, Pawtucket Times, December 12, 2018

Kilmartin announces $4.1M for environmental projects from Volkswagen settlement, Providence Business News
, December 12, 2018

We want to hear from you!

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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