Dr. Michael Fine

Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Jim Vincent On Racial Disparities, The PawSox + More

President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week.  Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.

Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.

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The Education Blog
10:46 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Health Department Denies Misinforming Cumberland School Officials on Enterovirus

The State Department of Health says it notified school officials in Cumberland as quickly as possible after a student tested positive for enterovirus D68.

The 10-year-old student died last week of a bacterial infection. Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine says enterovirus may have played a role, but a staph infection was the cause of death.

"We notified them very quickly as soon as we notified the family after we got confirmation of D-68, " Fine said. "The death was not from E-D68, the death was from staph aureus sepsis."

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Health Care
4:44 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

RI Health Department: We Could See Ebola Here

The head of the state’s health department says there’s a chance Rhode Island could have one or two imported cases of the Ebola virus. That’s because of travel within Rhode Island’s sizeable Liberian community, the largest population per capita in the U.S.  

Dr. Michael Fine said hospitals have teams and quarantined areas standing by should a case appear in Rhode Island. He doesn’t think that once here Ebola will spread.

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Health Care
9:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Health Director To Speak On State Of Health In Rhode Island

RI Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine will brief lawmakers on the state of the state's health Wednesday.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s department of health director doctor Michael Fine plans to brief state lawmakers Wednesday on the state of the state’s health.

Fine will update lawmakers on the state’s progress on certain health indicators. Smoking rates are down to about 17 percent. New cases of HIV are falling. But since his last briefing for the General Assembly, Fine said, the needle hasn’t moved in the right direction on another major health challenge – drug addiction and overdose.

“Drug overdose death is what’s keeping us up at night. That’s our single biggest slippage," said Fine.

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Health Care
8:44 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Doctor's Prescription Pads May Be Part Of RI's Drug Overdose Problem

State health officials say they don’t know why Rhode Island has the nation’s 13th highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.  They say doctors may be part of the problem.

Twenty-eight year old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin  addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocette. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.

"I was prescribed them at one point and I really had no idea that it was going to just take me down roads that I never would have imagined that I would have gone down," said Ricciarelli.

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