SEPTEMBER 2019: Podcast episode, $50K grant opportunity, and so much more...

Call for Proposals for Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Annual Conference

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has released its call for proposals for poster and session presentations at its 2020 Annual Conference, to be held March 21-24, 2020 in Crystal City, Virginia.

The AMCHP Annual Conference offers a venue to present ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to 1,000 practitioners and leaders working in maternal and child health. The audience includes directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and healthcare providers.

The theme for the 2020 conference is "The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations."  The submission deadline is October 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  For more information, review the call for proposals

HEZ Initiative Promoted on Podcast

Rhode Island Department of Health's Deputy Director Ana Novais was recently on the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors' podcast, "Socially Determined" discussing the Health Equity Zone initiative.  

listen here!

FREE HeartSaver Certification Courses

The Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team's Medical Reserve Corps (RIDMAT/MRC) is offering community-based American Heart Association HeartSaver Certification courses around the state with a special focus on opioid overdose response. Each course takes four hours to complete and can accommodate as many as 21 participants.

The HeartSaver course trains participants to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner.  In addition to providing the education, RIDMAT will submit and process the CPR provider e-certification for all participants who successfully pass the exam, and provide all required equipment and course materials. All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certification card and key chain barrier device for rescue breathing.
To offer a HeartSaver training in your community, please contact Erin McDonough at

Recruiting Participants for the RIDOH Youth Advisory Council

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Youth Advisory Council is a dynamic group of young people and mentors that meets monthly from September to May.

Nationally recognized as an emerging practice by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), members learn about public health topics and have the opportunity to provide feedback concerning RIDOH programs that impact youth. The Council also serves as part of the planning committee for the annual youth leadership conference, Dare to Dream 2.0.

For more information, contact Pauline Thompson at 401-222-4963 or


Integra Social Partnership Innovation Initiative

The Integra Social Partnership Innovation Initiative (I-SPII) seeks to engage community-based organizations in a planning grant with Integra Community Care Network’s Medicaid Accountable Entity (AE) program. 
Partnerships between healthcare organizations and community-based organizations are demonstrating promise in improving health and reducing healthcare costs.  There is much to be learned about the most effective strategies to address health-related social needs and the social determinants of health.  They are seeking proposals to plan and test innovative approaches with potential to lead to long-term, sustainable partnerships. 
Integra will award planning grants of up to $50,000 to selected organizations, networks, or coalitions.  This is a planning grant, with intentional flexibility.  They invite organizations at all levels of technical capacity to consider this opportunity, and are particularly seeking organizations with credibility, leadership, and roots in communities most impacted by adverse social determinants of health. 

Interested applicants are invited to attend one of two applicants’ conferences on Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or Thursday September 26, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at 300 Richmond Street in Providence.  Kindly RSVP for the applicants’ conferences here

For more information and to apply, review the Request for Proposals.  Questions and comments may be emailed to Brady Dunklee, Program Manager, Population Health at

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grants

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has Project Grants in Healthcare available for arts projects that connect teaching artists with licensed staff in healthcare settings such as hospitals, community health agencies, or hospices.

Arts-based professional development with a variety of staff at the healthcare facility is also strongly encouraged, with a priority placed on experiential learning and job-embedded experiences. Applicants may request up to a maximum of $10,000.  Funds can support artists’ fees, mileage and supplies and materials.  Applications are due by October 1, 2019.  Visit the request for proposals for more information and to application instructions.   

Comprehensive Community Development Program Funding

RIHousing is announced the opening of a competitive funding round for the Comprehensive Community Development Program (CDP).  RIHousing seeks proposals from eligible applicants to fund community development programs and projects that support specific housing-related activities. Funding may be used as seed money for new initiatives or for expansion of current initiatives. Programs must demonstrate sustainability following this grant round. 

Non-profit and for-profit organizations, public housing authorities, municipalities, faith-based organizations and community housing development organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.

Complete details are found in the Comprehensive CDP and Project Funding request for proposalsApplications are due by 3:00 p.m. on October 16, 2019.  For questions regarding the program, contact Stacy Wasserman at

Access for All Abilities Mini Grants

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College will award four grants to local businesses and organizations to increase access to social, leisure, recreational, and cultural activities for people with disabilities. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and city or town government agencies in Rhode Island or primarily serving Rhode Island communities.

Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals sufficient resources to complete the proposed project within one year from receipt of the grant award.  Applicants may apply for up to $2,500.  More information can be found at the AAA Mini-Grant website.  Grant applications must be submitted by October 25, 2019Apply here.   


Impactful Careers in Global Health Webinar

Unite for Sight's Global Health University is offering an upcoming webinar about pursuing a career in global health. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about career development.

Find out how to identify a career path, strategies for pursuing careers in global health, and lessons learned in the field. This webinar is ideal for students and professionals interested in global health, as well as university advisors and faculty.  Registration for the webinar is required.  

October 3, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
register here

Fall Certificate Training in Restorative Practices

Youth Restoration Project (YRP)'s Restorative Training will teach you strategies and interpersonal skills that focus on simple techniques to address conflict and harmful behavior, avoiding cycles of endless anger and retribution.  After the training, participants will have better tools for resolving problems in a healing way.

Classes start October 10, 2019, and Continuing Education Credits are available for teachers and social workers.  Visit the YRP's website for a complete class schedule and more information about the training.

register here

Youth Empowerment Summit

#YESPVD Youth Empowerment Summit (Formerly #TURNUPRI) is a culturally relevant youth career exploration and entrepreneurship conference. Rhode Islanders between the ages of 13-18 are encouraged to register for this free summit.

Participants will learn about different career pathways they could pursue, directly from professionals. They will participate in hands-on activities and build relationships with leaders in the career fields of their interest. This year, there will be a pitch challenge to encourage and award social entrepreneurship for the best social enterprise idea.

WHERE:                                                            WHEN:         
Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School                          Monday, October 14, 2019      
375 Adelaide Avenue                                        8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
register here

2019 Housing Fact Book Release

The 2019 Housing Fact Book marks the 15th edition of this annual publication, and will be released at the annual Housing Fact Book Luncheon.

At the 2019 Housing Fact Book Luncheon, HousingWorks Rhode Island (HWRI) at Roger Williams University will host Daniel McCue, Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University as their keynote speaker. In his current role, Daniel is involved in much of the research and major reports produced by the Center, most notably in the signature annual "State of the Nation’s Housing" reports, for which he is project manager and lead author. 

WHERE:                                                            WHEN:         
Omni Providence Hotel                                     Friday, October 25, 2019      
1 West Exchange Street                                   12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
register here

Hope & Recovery Support Line
401-942-STOP (7867)

This dedicated phone line connects individuals in crisis with treatment and recovery supports. The phone line is staffed by licensed chemical dependency counselors and is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week.

Steady $$ Needed for Progress on Social Determinants, Experts Say | MedPage Today, September 16, 2019

RI First to Open Job Training Program To Recovering Addicts | Warwick Beacon, September 12, 2019

ASTHO President's Challenge: Core Principles for Building Community Resilience | American Journal of Public Health, September 10, 2019

'They Just Panic': Elderly Residents Face Evacuation Challenges During Storms | NPR, September 5, 2019

Local State Reps Oppose Shift of Transportation Money to Roads | The Jamestown Press, September 5, 2019

Transgender People No Longer Need Medical Paperwork To Correct Gender Markers on Illinois Identity Documents | Chicago Sun Times, September 4, 2019

Heart Failure Deaths Are Highest In the Poorest U.S. Cities | American Heart Association, September 4, 2019

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging | Kaiser Health News, September 3, 2019

A Change Is Going To Come | Convergence RI, September 2, 2019

'The Nightmare Everyone Is Worried About': HIV Cases Tied to Opioids Spike In West Virginia County | Politico, September 2, 2019 

Health Advocates Fear Planned Parenthood Funding Loss Could Worsen STD Crisis | The Hill, August 31, 2019

Rhode Island's Lingering Lead Problem | MuckRock, August 30, 2019

'Wellness Resource Centers' Open In Providence, Pawtucket | Providence Journal, August 30, 2019

How Climate Change Threatens Public Health | Yale Climate Connections, August 19, 2019

How False Beliefs in Physical Racial Difference Still Live in Medicine Today | New York Times, August 14, 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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