Health Equity Zones

Working together to invest in local communities

June 25, 2019 Update


The Newport Art Museum and Museums for All Initiative!

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that museums are safe places for families to bond, learn, and explore, and that arts and culture have the power to bring diverse groups of individuals together, which ultimately promotes civic engagement and strengthens the social fabric of our communities.
To ensure that a visit to the museum is possible for every family, Newport Art Museum is a proud sponsor of Museums for All, the only nationally coordinated financial accessibility program in the museum field. As part of this initiative, the Newport Art Museum offers FREE ADMISSION normal museum hours, year-round, for up to 4 adult guests (kids to age 17 are always free) - just show your EBT card and valid ID when you arrive.
Plan your next visit to the Newport Art Museum and learn more about other organizations participating in Museums for All!


The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards, which may be used for boarding a domestic flight or entering certain federal buildings or facilities. The DMV will offer these in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, which established security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. Click one of the following images to learn more about REAL ID in your preferred language. Use the REAL ID Wizard to check if getting a REAL ID credential might be right for you!

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Funding Opportunities

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund is accepting applications from organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or that have a 501(c)(3) partner that can serve as a fiscal agent. The Momentum Fund provides grant funding of up to $10,000 for community-led projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island that address healthy aging with an emphasis on: addressing the needs of an aging population, community engagement, innovation, collaboration, and inequities. The deadline to apply is for grant funding through the Momentum Fund is September 19, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Health Equity Zones Spotlight

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Field Notes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s new series to spotlight success and innovation at state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies, Field Notes, featured the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)'s use of braided funding to help establish Health Equity Zones (HEZ) and support the HEZ initiative. It also detailed the variety of programs and array of successes that Rhode Island's HEZs have had since the start of the Initiative in 2015. Read the article.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) - Community-Led Initiatives

The JPHMP recently published an article detailing the impact of community-led initiatives to address health disparities and advance health equity. Authored by RIDOH Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, RIDOH Health Equity Institute Physician Lead Adaugo (Ada) Amobi, and Marcus Plescia, Chief Medical Officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the journal article highlights the work of the Pawtucket and Central Falls HEZ in advocating for and developing the Green and Complete Streets Ordinance that was eventually adopted by the City of Central Falls. Read the full article.

Upcoming Events

Sylvia Ann Soares: Defiance!

June 27, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

In partnership with the Newport Health Equity Zone and the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture exhibition, the Newport Art Museum is pleased to welcome actor Sylvia Ann Soares for a dramatic performance entitled Defiance! based on the diaries and personal letters of accomplished sculptor, activist, suffragette, and first graduate of color from the Rhode Island School of Design, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960). Soares’ powerful dramatic performance will take place in the gallery and will be followed by Q&A. Learn more and register for this FREE event.

Health Equity Zone Learning Community Event

Crowne Plaza Hotel
801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI 02886

Please join us for the next Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Learning Community event on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This event will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Register now.

Bradley Learning Exchange: Suicide Screening, Prevention and Response Training

August 16 and December 2, 2019, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Bradley Learning Exchange
1 Catamore Boulevard
East Providence, RI 02914

The Bradley Learning Exchange will be hosting trainings on August 16 and December 2, 2019 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., teaching participants how to administer the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale-Screen Version (C-SSRS Screener), an evidence-based tool used by those without specialized training in suicide assessment. Participants will be able to review current national and Rhode Island statistics on suicide, and learn risk factors, warning signs, myths and facts, and local sources. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice using the C-SSRS Screener in a safe, supportive environment through the use of video demonstrations, case studies, and role plays. The course costs $39 and is open to everyone. Learn more and register to take the course.


New Title V Implementation Toolkits

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) released two new implementation toolkits to help Title V agencies meet National Performance Measures (NPMs) and provide evidence-based and -informed practices, reports, publications, and other resources that are geared toward NPMs 4 and 10, focused on promoting breastfeeding and the adolescent well-visit. Stay tuned for an additional toolkit on Transition (NPM 12). AMCHP hopes these toolkits will encourage other Title V programs to share their strategies and resources to improve maternal and child health practice across the country. Access the implementation toolkits.

Rhode Island Reads Brochure

Rhode Island Reads, a statewide effort to ensure that Rhode Island third graders can read at grade level, has released a brochure for parents and caregivers. This resource explains why reading is such an important skill to help children grow and learn, how children begin learning to read, and outlines specific actions and resources that can help children succeed. Access the full brochure and learn more.

Implicit Bias Resource Guide

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) has released a Implicit Bias Resource Guide for recognizing and addressing implicit biases in order to improve our ability to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. In this guide are resources including steps we can all take to minimize implicit bias, a Q&A with health experts about how to recognize and address implicit bias, as well as a selection of stories shared with NICHQ about the many ways bias has affected individuals. Access the complete guide.

Health Equity in the News

Supporting Substance Abuse Recovery in the Workplace
Rhode Island College News, June 24, 2019
Program offers teleconferencing to treat substance-abuse disorders 
Providence Journal, June 24, 2019

Thundermist Health offers free HIV testing on June 27 
Johnston Sun Rise, June 20, 2019

Suicide Rates For U.S. Teens And Young Adults Are The Highest On Record
Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2019

San Francisco Votes To Ban E-Cigarettes Not Approved By FDA 
The Hill, June 18, 2019

Fatal opioid overdoses more likely when the weather is cold 
Consumer Affairs, June 17, 2019

"Safe Stations" provides haven for opioid addicts, expands to Newport, June 17, 2019

Providence to host 43rd annual PrideFest
WPRI, June 14, 2019

Opioid Overdoses, Alcohol Deaths, Suicide Hit Millenials The Most 
USA Today, June 13, 2019

Providence unveils ‘Great Streets’ improvement plan
WPRI, June 12, 2019

R.I. Cancer Summit to address disparities affecting LGBTQ community
The Providence Journal, June 11, 2019

Opioid Death Rate Rose Despite Medical-Marijuana Laws, Study Finds
The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2019

Kennedy: Time to raise mental-health awareness 
The Providence Journal, June 10, 2019
Annual count shows fewer homeless Rhode Islanders 
The Providence Journal, June 6, 2019

Rhode Island Senate Approves Bill Banning Housing Discrimination
The Patch, June 5, 2019

Hitting Paris Climate Goals Would Save 759 Lives In L.A. During Huge Heat Wave, Study Finds
The Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2019

Maine will soon offer medication-assisted treatment to inmates struggling with opioid addiction 
Bangor Daily News, June 4, 2019
Lesbian, Gay Youth at Higher Risk for Self-Harm 
Doctors Lounge, June 3, 2019

The Push for Fewer Opioids for New Mothers
The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2019
How Much Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?
The New York Times, June 3, 2019

RIDOC medication-assisted treatment program discussed in new video 
Providence Business News, June 2, 2019
Health Law Improved Access to Cancer Treatment, Studies Show
The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2019

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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