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10/05/2015 09:15 EDT
09/25/2015 15:15 EDT


10/02/2015 16:28 EDT
Hosted by Health and Human Services Secretary, Elizabeth Roberts and Director of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex 182 Thurbers Ave, Providence Can't make it? Share your ideas on Twitter using #healthyRI.
10/02/2015 09:15 EDT


09/30/2015 09:21 EDT
Rhode Island's school flu vaccination clinics have started. Most evening clinics are open to family members and the community. There is no charge for vaccination, and you do not need insurance to be vaccination. However, if you have insurance, please bring your insurance card.
07/09/2015 16:03 EDT
Anyone who may have had any physical contact with the cat who tested positive for rabies in the East Bay Village area of West Main Road should call the Department of Health immediately (401-222-2577, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 401-272-5952 after hours). Anyone who has a pet that may have had contact with this cat or any feral cat in this area should contact Middletown Animal Control at 401-846-1144 extension 7101 during normal business hours or the Middletown Police Department at 401-846-1104 after hours.
07/01/2015 14:59 EDT
Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) is now required, by law, for all infants born in Rhode Island. Newborns will be screened for CCHD before hospital discharge and by using pulse oximetry. CCHD is a group of heart defects that often cause life-threatening symptoms soon after birth. Infants diagnosed with CCHD often require surgical interventions within the first year of life; however, CCHD is usually treatable if detected early. The addition of CCHD to Rhode Island's newborn screening panel was recommended nationally by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, endorsed by the Rhode Island Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and approved by the Director of Health. This change is consistent with national guidelines on expanded newborn screening.
06/30/2015 14:44 EDT
The Department of Environmental Management announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. All of the 64 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 20 traps set statewide on June 15 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Test results are pending at the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories. for 134 mosquito pools collected from 23 traps set on June 22.
05/29/2015 09:59 EDT
The Rhode Island Senate unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott to the position of Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
05/26/2015 10:46 EDT
This brief summarizes selected results from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.
03/25/2015 13:36 EDT
This new issue brief examines unintended pregnancy among women in Rhode Island, and includes recommended actions for healthcare providers.
03/03/2015 13:56 EST
Deadline March 16, 2015. Seasonal Policy Interns assist with the State's various public health and services programs within the various divisions of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Will be responsible to assist full-time staff in various areas of agency policy and planning, special projects, studies, research, data collection, entry and analysis, surveys, design outreaching and education materials and to monitor organized events and other related projects.

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