Ana P. Novais, MA
Excutive Director of Health
Community, Family Health and Equity
Our teams represent priority areas that promote synergy, collaboration, integration and coordination among programs:
uses a systems approach to reduce the incidence, burden, and associated risk factors related to diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease and stroke to improve health outcomes.
assures equitable systems, empowers communities, and builds capacity to promote access to comprehensive, high quality services that are responsive to the needs of Rhode Island's diverse populations so they may achieve their optimal state of health.
protects the health and safety of children, workers, and the general public by identifying and decreasing environmental hazards.
is committed to promoting the health and well-being of all Rhode Islanders by changing social, political, and physical environments to support healthy lifestyles. We focus on obesity prevention, tobacco control, and violence and injury prevention.
supports healthy birth outcomes, positive early childhood development, and school readiness, and preparation for healthy productive adulthood by providing and assuring mothers, children, and adolescents access to quality maternal and child health services.
improves the quality of preventive care and community services through immunization, oral health, family planning services, and HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis programs. This is achieved by increasing access and availability to vulnerable populations by diminishing ethnic/racial disparities, providing performance standards, enhancing community partnerships, and applying evidence based, effective programming.
The Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology of the Rhode Island Department of Health serves and protects the Rhode Island public by controlling the spread of infectious diseases. We track, manage, and contain an ever-growing number of serious illnesses committing ourselves to the highest standards of vigilance, knowledge, and service.
Leads, supports and coordinates the acquisition, provision and use of clear, accurate and appropriate data and analyses. These activities should inform and drive public health program and policy decisions through internal and external partnerships.