Healthy Communities Initiative


The Healthy Communities program advocates for environmental change as part of a comprehensive strategy for advancing public health. The Program provides public health guidance for issuing advisories regarding unhealthy air quality, blue-green algae blooms and fish tissue contaminants. Statewide planning efforts around housing, water, solid waste, sustainability, economic development and climate change provide numerous opportunities for the Program to advance a “health in all policies” approach to community development.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Climate change: Represented the Department on the RI Climate Change Commission, co-chaired the Health and Welfare Subcommittee, and assisted in writing major sections of the Commission’s report, ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE OCEAN STATE: A STARTING POINT. Received funding for further climate change and health activities with a four-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Formalized an agreement with Brown University’s Superfund Basic Research Program, and served as co-lead for their Community Engagement and Research Translation Core. This program links academic research to the real problems facing Rhode Island residents living near contaminated sites.