Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Nov. 8

Nov 8, 2016

What’s happening in your health in Rhode Island, Nov. 8

  • ELECTION DAY: Want to have a say in what happens to health care? Vote!
  • HEALTH CAREERS: The Advancing Health Career Education in Rhode Island Schools summit takes place Nov. 15, convening leaders in health career education, healthcare practice, and secondary school educators at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI. The summit is for middle and high school mathematics teachers, science teachers, guidance counselors, and school principals. Health industry leaders and experts will share current information about healthcare provider career opportunities; the skills and educational pathways required for success in these roles; and the specific skills that can be taught in classroom settings to prepare students for these career pathways. The summit is sponsored by the Rhode Island Action Coalition’s Embracing Diversity working group. For more information, visit
  • LANDMARK: The Woonsocket Call reports that Landmark Hospital laid off 15 employees in the billing department because of the adoption of automated billing software. The Call reports workers were given little notice and just a week’s severance, regardless of length of service with the organization.
  • ELDER SUBSTANCE ABUSE: The 2016 Commission for Safety and Care of the Elderly, Information and Resource Conference is taking place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the New England Institute of Technology Campus in East Greenwich.  This year, the conference will focus on Substance Use Disorders and Older Adults. The conference is sponsored annually by the Commission for the Safety and Care of the Elderly, a group of citizens and police and fire advocates, focusing on topics of importance to public safety and aging network professionals. 
  • DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: On Nov. 9, the department of Behavioral Health care, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals will hold a public forum. The forum will provide updates on the search for a new agency director, the state’s consent decree with a federal judge, wage increases, and employment issues. More information.