Press Releases

04/17/2014 13:30 EDT
Providence: With the tandem of increased outdoor activities and increased tick populations, the Department of Health (HEALTH) has partnered with other state agencies to urge Rhode Islanders to check for tick bites as the first line of prevention against Lyme disease when enjoying and working...
04/17/2014 09:00 EDT
Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD today declared the flu to be widespread again in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers the requirement that healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. Rhode Island is...
04/04/2014 15:30 EDT
Providence: On March 28, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) issued a press release stating that a water sample taken from a residential well on Wapping Road in Middletown, RI was found to have nitrate levels above the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Since then, HEALTH has...



03/17/2014 12:41 EDT
Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD, has issued emergency regulations aimed at preventing opioid overdose deaths by expanding access to the overdose antidote, naloxone (also known as Narcan), and establishing procedures for its administration to a person experiencing an overdose.
03/05/2014 16:22 EST
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional with clinical expertise and skill in breastfeeding and lactation management. An IBCLC works with healthcare providers, mother-to-mother peers, certified lactation counselors and other lactation supporters to ensure mothers and families meet their breastfeeding goals. Rhode Island has a number of IBCLCs working within our state's birthing hospitals, healthcare centers, social service programs, and private practices. Contact your local WIC clinic ( or Home Visiting provider ( to find one in your town. Did an IBCLC help you, or someone you know, be successful at breastfeeding? Take a moment to say thank you!