Gain insights and improve your skills related to interacting with youth about sexual health issues. A special emphasis of this conference/training is to learn about current and emerging issues in sexual health, and the roles of culture and technology in young people's lives. Join us for this one-day conference on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rhode Island College. Online registration is required. CMEs available.
HEALTH is investigating a cluster of deaths that appear to be related to the use of a fentanyl analog drug, a synthetic analog of fentanyl. The Office of the Medical Examiner has noted 10 deaths since March 7, 2013 of patients who appear to have died with this substance in their bodies. The most recent death was April 11, 2013. Most of these patients are from the Woonsocket and Pawtucket areas. Original screening of this substance identified this substance as fentanyl; however, a secondary screening revealed that the substance is an analog and not the prescription FDA-approved form of the drug. HEALTH encourages all providers to refer patients with addiction to appropriate resources
Please be advised that beginning May 1, parents of children who attend John Brown Francis Elementary School in Warwick, Rhode Island are being informed by letter of a couple of cases of pertussis in students who are siblings, that have occurred a few weeks apart. This may prompt additional calls to other healthcare providers with questions or concerns about the situation and about early childhood vaccinations for pertussis (DTaP). Parents of children in the the siblings' second grade and fourth grade class rooms will receive a different, two-sided letter advising targeted prophylaxis. The specific instructions for parents are: If your child has a weakened immune system, ask your child's doctor for your child to receive antibiotics to prevent pertussis (prophylaxis). Please do the same if your child lives with a woman who is pregnant, an infant less than 12 months old, or anyone with a weakened immune system. Current pertussis clinical,laboratory, and reporting guidance for Rhode Island healthcare providers can be found on the HEALTH website.
As a part of the Action Speaks series, the state of healthcare in Rhode Island will be discussed at two upcoming community forums in Providence. A forum on May 1st ('OBAMACARE': What It Means For Rhode Island) will take place at the Roots Cultural Center from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A forum on May 8th (How Rhode Island Can Improve Health, Reduce Cost, and Restore Our Economy) will take place at AS220 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. will be speaking at the event on May 8th.
The 2013 Rhode Island School Nurse Conference, "Managing School Health Issues Together," is open to physicians. The conference will be held on May 29, 2013, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Registration is required.
Read this month's newsletter for information about closing a practice, applying for the health professional loan repayment program, registering for the Rhode Island Preconception Health Summit, and more.
All physicians who see patients with influenza illness in travelers returning from China -- regardless of season -- should contact the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at (401) 222-2577. As of April 4, 2013, public health officials in China have reported the first known human infections and deaths identified with a novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 14 patients hospitalizations associated with this strain, all had severe respiratory illness and six deaths have resulted. Read the complete CDC Health Alert Network Advisory: emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00344.asp.
The summit will provide strategies to integrate preconception health into policy, programs, and practice, move forward the state's strategic plan, and optimize healthy pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes. The agenda includes a keynote address by Tricia Rose, PhD, addressing the social context of sexual and reproductive health, a panel discussion, and technology-assisted audience response.
We invite you to join us at this event on Thursday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Registation required online.
Penelope Dennehy, MD will give a public health grand rounds presentation on April 4 titled "2013 Immunization Update." The event will take place from 8:30-9:30 am at the Rhode Island Department of Health (Public Health Auditorium, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence). Additionally, the presentation can be viewed live via webcast.
As of March 8, 2013, the office of Christopher Huntington, M.D. is closed. Dr. Huntington had approximately 450 patients who were on long-term Schedule II and Schedule III medications. We expect that the abrupt closure of his practice may present some challenges to the physician and healthcare provider community. The Rhode Island Department of Health is working with Dr. Huntington's office on its transition plan for Dr. Huntington's patients. Information about where and when patient records will be released will be posted on the Department's website as soon as it is available.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has reported an outbreak of meningococcal disease in men who have sex with men (MSM). Healthcare providers are advised to administer meningococcal vaccine to MSM in Rhode Island if their travel (or travel plans) include visiting New York...
The availability of Pediarix will be limited for the next six months because of increased demand being experienced by the vaccine manufacturer. Between May and September, healthcare providers will need to supplement their vaccine supply with the individual vaccine components (DTaP-IPV-HepB).
The Yale/Tulane Planning and Response Program, in conjunction with the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine, has produced this special report as a result of the recent outbreaks in China involving Avian Influenza (H7N9). This power point presentation was compiled entirely from open...
A manufacturer of purified protein derivative (PPD) used in the tuberculin skin test (TST) is experiencing delays in production of Tubersol, resulting in a nationwide shortage expected to last through the end of May 2013. Additionally, the manufacturer for APLISOL is also expecting shortages to...
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 23-17-21 and -36, and R23-17-HCW Rule 5.3 of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining To Immunization, Testing, and Health Screening For Health Care Workers, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health hereby declares on this 11th day of February, 2013,...