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The Pulse
2:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New Data Show Minority Health Lags Behind Whites

Maternal/infant health indicators, by group
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

More than half of Native American children in Rhode Island live in poverty. The infant mortality rate for blacks is twice that of whites in Rhode Island.

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Battle With The Sea
6:28 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Across The State, Protecting Drinking Water Supplies (Part 2)

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The Rhode Island Department of Health did a comprehensive analysis to figure out which drinking water sources are most vulnerable to climate change to help water suppliers plan for the future. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza sat down with the June Swallow, chief of the Office of Drinking Water Quality at the state health department. She oversees the project called SafeWater Rhode Island

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Health Care
5:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Health Officials Testify On Proposed Budget Cuts; Poison Control Center Future Uncertain

This toll free number will connect you with a local poison control center. From the American Association of Poison Control Centers: "Poison centers aren't just for parents whose children get into the cleaning cabinet."
Credit AAPCC

This week, officials from the state's health and human services agency are testifying at the Statehouse about proposed budgets for their departments. Some of the potential budget cuts, they say, seem manageable, but others they're hoping might be reversed or reduced.

Take Rhode Island’s poison control center, for example.

Rhode Island shares a poison control center with Massachusetts. It’s a toll-free number plus a staff of experts who can provide medical advice for people who suspect poisoning.

Environment
9:16 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Is Climate Change Stressing Out RI?

Waves crash over the sea wall and into the streets of Narragansett during Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Natural disasters and extreme weather events cause great physical damage, but they can also take a toll on mental health. That’s the topic the state Department of Health and the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council will explore this week at workshops they are co-sponsoring.

The workshops are tailored for mental health practitioners, health department employees, and the general public.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Interview: Dr. Michael Fine On Four Years Helming Health Dept.

Dr. Michael Fine has led the state’s department of health since 2001. Friday marks his last day at the agency. 

He came to our studios this week to look back on his accomplishments, and offer some advice to his successor, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. Fine told us that, as he leaves office, Rhode Islanders are not as healthy as they could be. But despite the challenges people face, there’s progress to be proud of.

  

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