Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island

Aug 9, 2016

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here's what's happening in health in Rhode Island.

  • Eliminate Hep C in RI? Brown researchers project more treatment could reduce hepatitis C by 90% in Rhode Island by 2030.
  • The Rhode Island Department of Health joined partners from Rhode Island College and the City of Central Falls to introduce the Community Health Worker Certification Program. Community health workers are frontline, public health professionals who often have similar cultural beliefs, chronic health conditions, disabilities, or life experiences as the clients they'll be serving in the community. They act as a link to improve access between their community and health care and social service providers. And lots of health insurers and health care organizations are relying on them more and more to help improve care and reduce costs.
  •  Camp for young cancer patients: Hasbro Children’s Hospital wrapped up its week-long Camp Dotty, a hospital-based summer camp for young cancer patients and their siblings, Now in its 19th year, Camp Dotty hosted 32 campers for a variety of activities, including learning karate, watching magic shows, creating arts and crafts and dancing to live music. The camp is for kids between the ages of four and seven who are too ill to attend regular day camps and too young to attend some of the overnight camps for children with cancer.
  • Opioid addiction treatment: CODAC and The Providence Center celebrated the opening of the Center’s onsite partnership with CODAC to provide medication assisted treatment (such as Suboxone, methadone) for opioid addiction patients. CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s new facility is located within The Providence Center on North Main Street in Providence.  There, they’ll specialize in the use of medication-assisted treatment for clients diagnosed with co-occurring disorders related to opioid addiction and mental health. 
  • Zika funding: Rhode Island received a bit more funding to fight the Zika virus. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, the state received  $200,000 to use for quickly detecting incidences of microcephaly and other central nervous system birth defects related to Zika. The state has also received $170,000 through a Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant to fund public health communication about Zika. The last chunk of funding,$944,000, comes through an Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity award, to address the current outbreak of Zika and help respond to future outbreaks. This money will fund things like mosquito and human disease monitoring, managing Zika cases, and laboratory testing.