AUGUST 2019: save the date, work readiness training program, & more!

Health Equity Zone Learning Community

Please save the date for the next Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Learning Community event on Monday, October 7, 2019

This event will feature training and peer learning on topics to be determined. Stay tuned for further details and registration information! 
WHERE:                                                         WHEN:
The Crowne Plaza Hotel                                October 7, 2019
801 Greenwich Avenue                                        
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886

Webinar: Active People, Healthy Illinois: Preparing Public Health and Transportation to take Action Together

By working together, public health and urban planning/transportation professionals can create stronger, healthier communities.

This webinar provides key recommendations for practitioners to collaborate on the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to improve opportunities for physical activity in the built environment. Presenters will provide real-life examples, lessons learned, and best practices gleaned from initiatives currently being implemented across Illinois.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019                             
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
register here

Technical Assistance Opportunity from the Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is collaborating with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) to offer free technical assistance to interested communities in specific program areas. Technical Assistance will be granted based on achieving the greatest public health or environmental impact, and the availability of EPA's resources.  Technical assistance is available for a variety of areas, including: 

  • Clean Indoor Air
  • Community Resilience 
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Grant Proposal Training
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Meeting Facilitation Assistance

Interested communities should visit the website for a full list of technical assistance programs available and to submit the required form to the EPA for consideration. The deadline for expressing interest is August 31, 2019. Technical assistance activities are expected to be completed by September 30, 2020. 

Technical Assistance Opportunity for Asthma Care Management Programs

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is conducting a nationwide, open competition for organizations interested in developing comprehensive asthma care management programs. GHHI will provide pro bono technical assistance to two sites for business development in 2019 that will focus on building or scaling a strong, comprehensive asthma program and assessing the cost-benefit analysis of providing that program. 

Refer to the Request for Proposals for more information.  Proposals are due by 8:00 p.m. on November 18, 2019. 

Reframing Aging Training: What You Need to Know to Communicate More Effectively

Working on issues important to older people? Find it challenging to make your case?

Reframing Aging research conducted by the Frameworks Institute helps explain why. Join this free online training to learn how to advance your cause and communicate more effectively.  You will find out how to:

  • Avoid words that can derail your messages
  • Bypass mental blocks and encourage openness to new ideas
  • Develop messages proven to shift public opinion in a positive direction
  • Access additional resources Two Framework-Institute-certified

Reframing Aging Master Trainers will lead the webinar.  Frameworks Institute is a non-profit leader in the science and art of crafting impactful messages about aging issues and policy. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019                             
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
register here

Cross-Sector Innovation Initiative

Complex health problems facing communities today require creative solutions that can impact the root causes that deprive many people of the opportunity to reach their best health potential. Addressing these issues requires partnerships that work across different sectors, leverage an array of expertise and resources, and develop synergistic solutions that are more powerful than what is possible by working alone.

Led jointly by the Public Health National Center for Innovation (PHNCI) and the the Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Cross-Sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) is a three-year endeavor designed to support partnerships among public health, healthcare, and social service sectors to improve population health, well-being, and equity for all.

For more information, review the call for proposals, or watch this informational webinar.  Proposals will be submitted in a two-phase process and must be submitted through the RWJF online system, and brief proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on September 5, 2019. 

Building Community Power for Health Equity

To successfully advance health equity we need to remove obstacles to health, including powerlessness. Base-building—the strategies used by grassroots-led organizations to build collective strength—advances this goal by enabling communities to exercise influence over the factors that shape their communities and their health.

To reduce inequities and build community power, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will fund projects that advance the ways the field assesses and measures base-building.  They are seeking research proposals whose project teams will participate alongside other field and research experts in the RWJF Lead Local program, which is exploring the question: How does community power catalyze, create and sustain conditions for healthy communities? 

For more information, review the call for proposals, or register for the informational webinar on September 9 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on September 24, 2019. 

Funding Available for Development and Preservation of Affordable Housing

The Building Homes Rhode Island (BHRI) initiative has announced the opening of a competitive funding round for the development and preservation of affordable housing.  There may also be additional funding available from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to acquire and rehabilitate abandoned and foreclosed properties in neighborhoods highly impacted by the foreclosure crisis.  

Projects targeting special needs populations - including those experiencing homelessness, the aging, those in recovery, or those needing special accommodations - will be highly prioritized. Projects that fall within identified Opportunity Zones should note that on application materials, as it is a priority objective that State investments be coordinated in such areas. 

Nonprofit housing developers, for-profit developers, public housing authorities, municipalities, faith-based organizations, community housing development organizations, recognized tribes, state departments or agencies, and redevelopment corporations are all eligible to apply.  Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on September 19, 2019.  More information is available in the request for proposals

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible, regardless of who they are or how much money they make. 

A "Culture of Health" recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that the opportunity for better health flourishes for all.

Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on November 4, 2019.  More information is available on the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Website, and an informational applicant webinar will take place on September 24 at 3:00 p.m. - register here


Work Readiness Training for those Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

Skills for Rhode Island's Future is offering a three-week work readiness training program to help prepare those in recovery for re-entering the workforce.  The program offers training in effective communication, networking skills, and resume writing; provides support services and transportation; and can assist with job placement.  Training program stipends of $25 per day and $500 upon completion are offered.  The training begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Interested individuals should contact Duncan Ermer by phone at 401-680-5974 or by email.  

Community Town Hall Conversations on Cognitive Health

More than 23,000 Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer's disease.  With the aging of our population, this number is expected to climb in the next few years.  Our cities, towns, and our state will need to take action - and we need to hear from the community.  

Anyone with an interest is welcome -- persons living with dementia, family and professional caregivers, health and long-term care workers, curious citizens, students, state and local legislators, community leaders, and first responders.  

For more information visit the Alzheimer's Association, Rhode Island Chapter.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  
WHERE:                                                         WHEN:
Newport County                                              September 4, 2019
John Clarke Center                                         5:00 p.m.
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842

Scituate/Foster/Gloucester/Smithfield             September 18, 2019
Scituate Senior Center                                    5:00 p.m. 
North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857

Providence                                                      September 24, 2019
Rhode Island Hospital                                     5:30 p.m.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Cranston                                                         September 26, 2019
Cranston Senior Center                                  6:00 p.m.
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
register here

COBRE Hackathon to Address Opioids and Overdose

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital invites you to participate in its inaugural Hackathon.  A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to creatively solve problems.  314 Rhode Islanders lost their lives to opioid overdose in 2018.  The Hackathon seeks creative solutions to help address this preventable health problem.

For the Hackathon, participants are encouraged to develop unique community strategies, healthcare solutions, or policies that address opioid overdose.  Winners will be awarded seed grant money ($5000, $3000, $2000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively) and possible connection with key stakeholders/investors to help bring your hacks to life! 

This event is free and open to all students, community members, and professionals interested in the healthcare space. Participants are free to register as individuals or as a representative of a team, but individuals will be expected to join a team during the first day. Teams with diverse background are encouraged!

WHERE:                                                         WHEN:
Rhode Island College                                     September 6-8, 2019
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue                                         
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
register here

Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages

Public parks are important places for building a sense of community and social belonging. They are spaces that belong to everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or income.  However, the way parks are designed, maintained, and programmed doesn’t always reflect the purpose and promise of such uniquely public spaces. Pinched for funds by competing priorities, many municipalities neglect their park networks or fail to invest in these vital places as their communities grow and change.

With the publication of Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages: A Step-by-Step Guide, AARP Livable Communities, 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land have come together to highlight the importance of parks — and give community leaders (and park advocates from all corners) tools they can use to both create and improve green spaces and public places for people of all ages.
download your copy here

Rhode Island’s online source for Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention Action Plan includes overdose data, local resources, and more.   

Resources For Talking to Youth About Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are now the most common type of tobacco product used by youth in the United States. More and more youth report trying and regularly using e-cigarettes. The rising numbers threaten decades of progress in controlling youth tobacco product use.  Nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm developing brains and may make it more likely that young people will start using regular cigarettes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer resources aimed at helping people who work with youth open a discussion about the risks of e-cigarettes.  Everyone who works with youth - teachers, coaches, healthcare providers, and parents - has a part to play in educating youth about the risks of e-cigarettes. 

It's Time to Have Some Uncomfortable Conversations | Convergence RI, August 26, 2019

In Men, It's Parkinson's. In Women, It's Hysteria | ProPublica, August 23, 2019

Construction Workers Prone to Overdose Deaths in R.I. | Providence Journal, August 20, 2019

Blinded by the Lead | Convergence RI, August 19, 2019

After A Rural Hospital Closes, Delays in Emergency Care Cost Patients Dearly | Kaiser Health News, August 19, 2019

United Way of RI Awards $150K in Grants to 12 Olneyville Programs | Go Local Prov, August 15, 2019

Sickle Cell Disease Still Tends to be Overlooked | New York Times, August 5, 2019

Full Time Recovery Center Opens for East Bay Residents | Newport Daily News, August 1, 2019
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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.
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Health Information Line: 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711

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