Health Equity Zones

Working together to invest in local communities

February 27, 2019 Update


Save the Date!

Health Equity Zone Learning Community Event

Please join us for the next Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Learning Community session on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. More details and registration coming soon!


XQ+RI: Rhode Island's XQ Challenge

XQ+RI is a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership meant to create student-centered schools that help prepare all young people for the future through the engagement of communities. The challenge will support community teams as they reimagine high school environments to unlock the potential of students, ensuring that when they graduate, they are ready and empowered to be the inventors of their own future. The Challenge begins in March with Design Days, learn more and register for a Design Day.

2020 Census Opportunities

For a copy of this flyer, click here.

The US Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census Count. 2020 Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training. Engaging trusted community members to support this work will help ensure an accurate Census Count. Learn more and apply.

To ensure that the upcoming 2020 US Census does not undercount segments of the Rhode Island population, Governor Gina M. Raimondo recently signed an executive order establishing the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee. An accurate Census count is needed for communities to receive appropriate federal funding and adequate representation in Congress. Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH co-chairs the Complete Count Committee, which includes representatives of traditionally hard-to-count populations. The Committee is charged with developing and coordinating an outreach program to increase awareness about the Census and motivate residents in their communities to respond. As this work continues, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will continue to share information and opportunities to get involved. Learn more or keep track of committee meetings.

2019 City MatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference - Call for Abstracts

CityMatCH has announced that the 2019 Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference will be held in Providence, RI from September 23 to 25, 2019, coinciding with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s annual Health Equity Summit. During this year’s conference CityMatch will spend an entire day showcasing how communities nationwide are prioritizing health equity.
CityMatCH is also accepting abstract submissions on a variety of topics related to maternal and child health, including maternal mortality, equity, structural racism, immigration, and many more.

Abstract submissions are due March 1, 2019Learn more and make submissions.

Upcoming Events

RI Waves Webinar

February 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Help bring RI Waves to your community and make streets safer by signing up to join RI Waves' upcoming webinar. During the webinar you'll get a chance to see what other communities are already doing, learn how to access resources and tool that are available to you, and discover easy ways to spread the word in your community and statewide. Sign up online or call (401) 619-4900 by February 26 to register.

Tobacco-Free Generation Advocacy Day

March 20, 2019, 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Rhode Island State House
82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903

Join youth and adults from all over RI and from organizations including the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Tobacco Free RI and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, as they flood the Rhode Island State House for Tobacco Advocacy Day.  Family, friends, and colleagues who are interested in attending are welcome to come.

Please register by March 4, 2019Register now.

Brain Week RI 2019

Panel Discussion & Lecture - Opioids: Health, Policy and Neuroscience

March 9, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Providence Career and Technical Academy
41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903

Interested in the neuroscience of substance use disorders? Be sure to attend Brain Week RI's panel discussion and lecture on the opioid epidemic at Providence Career and Technical Academy, followed by a reception at the Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science. Should be a great opportunity to learn about the crisis from unique perspectives. Learn more.

Panel Discussion - Understanding and Preventing Suicide
March 13, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Engineering Research Center
345 Brook Street, Providence, RI 02912

Join Brain Week RI at Brown University and learn more about the 10th leading cause of death in the US from a panel discussion with health professionals, researchers, and a military veteran. The panel will discuss suicide, risk factors, and treatments. Learn more and register.

University of Rhode Island (URI) Brain Fair
March 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Avedisian Hall and Center for Biotech & Life Sciences Building
7 Greenhouse Road and 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

All are welcome to join Brain Week RI for the URI Brain Fair hosted by URI Ryan Institute of Neuroscience for a day of exhibits, talks and live entertainment. This year's fair includes over 30 exhibitors located in two adjacent science buildings, Avedisian Hall and Center for Biotech & Life Sciences. Learn more and register.

Brown Brain Fair 2019
March 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Engineering Research Center Lobby
345 Brook Street, Providence, RI 02906

Stop by the Brown Brain Fair and take part in Brain Week RI to learn more about the mind and brain. Learn about the ongoing research at Brown University, view exhibits, and take part in art projects, games and face painting. Learn more and register.

Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Training

April 8 - 12, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Providence
21 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will be hosting an evidence-based five (5) day training for staff employed for one year or more who are interested in supporting breastfeeding parents by becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor. Please be aware that attendance at all five (5) trainings is mandatory. Those interested in attending should register by March 15, 2019Learn more and register.

Diabetes Self-Management Leader Training

April 1, April 2, April 8, and April 9, 2019, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Healthcentric Advisors
235 Promenade St, Suite 500
Providence, RI 02908

The Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC) will be holding a free Diabetes Self-Management Leader Training. After completing this four-day training, leaders will be eligible for certification and must teach at least two workshops each year. Once certified and teaching classes that reach target populations, leaders will be eligible to receive a stipend for their work.
Improve the quality of life for a person with diabetes and save lives by educating your community about one of the nation’s top clinical topics of concern. Call 401-528-3257 today to reserve your spot.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training

April 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Providence, RI

The Own Your Health Collaborative will be hosting a Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training on April 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th in Providence, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Attendance of all four days is required to become certified and the training is free. The training will certify individuals to co-lead the Stanford Model six week Chronic Pain Self-Management Program. The program is typically offered in a community setting, meeting once per week for two and half hours with 8-12 community participants. Leaders will help participants to learn ways to self-manage pain through brainstorming, action plans, breathing techniques, healthy eating, and appropriate exercise. If possible, please send two individuals from an organization as the workshop requires two co-leaders to host each workshop.
Community Health Workers specifically are preferred to fill this training, but we do have spaces available for others to become trained. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Jasmine Franco.

Funding Opportunities

Health Equity Zone Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is soliciting proposals from qualified municipalities and non-profit community-based organizations to expand its Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative to additional communities. Funding is available for communities to establish a new Health Equity Zone (HEZ) or continue the work of an existing HEZ to address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health impacting the community. Full applications are due March 26, 2019. Questions and answers from the Informational/Technical Assistance Workshops held on February 21 and 25, 2019 are also available on the RFP page of the RIDOH website. Learn more and submit your full application.


Kresge Foundation Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative - Request for Proposals

The Kresge Foundation is seeking project proposals from community-based, non-profit organizations looking to improve climate resilience and reduce health risks equitably in their communities. The Kresge Foundation will fund twelve (12) to fifteen (15) one-year planning grants of up to $100,000 each during the project's planning phase. The Initiative's second phase will provide multi-year grants for project implementation.

Submit your application by March 19, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Rhode Island Foundation - 2019 Community Grants

The Rhode Island Foundation is now accepting applications from local community organizations looking to make unique and important things happen. Projects that build social networks and stronger connections among community members, or enhance the role of shared public spaces are encouraged. The RI Foundation will provide community grants up to $10,000.

The deadline to submit applications is March 14, 2019Learn more and apply.


Thank you to all Health Equity Zone Collaborative members who attended our Learning Community Event on February 1! We look forward to sharing information about the next Learning Community event on May 3 with you soon.


Maternal and Child Health Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released their Maternal and Child Health Database (MCH). The interactive database contains information about enacted state-level MCH legislation with topics in fourteen categories including: newborn screening, women’s health, childhood obesity and nutrition, and maternal and child mental health.
The database is searchable by state, topic, keyword, year, and status. The site also includes a map of 2018 enacted bills by topic. Learn more.

Rhode Island Stroke Coordinators Network (RISCN) - Stoke Support Group Resource List

A non-profit organization motivated by the responsibility to educate stroke survivors, families and caregivers, and volunteer healthcare professionals and stakeholders, RISCN was established in 2004 as a means to share best practices among Rhode Island's healthcare providers. After recognizing the need for promoting stroke awareness as a means to reduce the burden of stroke in the community, RISCN volunteers compiled a list of resources and support groups to support stroke survivors and their loved ones. Access their resource list and learn more.

Health Equity in the News

Why Central Falls is changing the health care landscape
Convergence RI, February 25, 2019

At home in the hub of Olneyville
Convergence RI, February 25, 2019

Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats and maybe federal money too. Can it come together to ensure an accurate census count?
PBN, February 22, 2019

After federal probe, hospital fixes accessibility problems 
Associated Press, February 21, 2019

Non-Medical Measures to Improve Public Health: What Works? 
NJ Spotlight, February 21, 2019

Changing the narrative: it is not good drugs vs. bad people
Convergence RI, February 18, 2019

State to receive $300,000 toward new fitness centers
The East Greenwich Pendulum, February 17, 2019

Rhode Island Ranked in Top 10 for Asthma Rate
Eco RI News, February 15, 2019

Letter: Dr. Daisy Bassen and Dr. Gerald Tarnoff: R.I. has steep barriers to mental-health care
The Providence Journal, February 9, 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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