Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Rhode Island Department of Health is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the grant within the state


This grant gives flexible funding to grantees so they can tailor prevention and health promotion programs to the diverse, complex, and constantly changing public health needs of their individual communities.

What We Do

The Department of Health works in partnership with the Prevention Block Grant Advisory Committee to set priorities and fund programs. Current priorities include: health disparities, health promotion, community interventions, and public health information.


In Fiscal Year 2010 Rhode Island received $458,783 which it distributed to six projects.

Key Focus Areas

Community Assessment and Community-Based Public Health Planning

Goal: To develop products and opportunities for community-based research, assessment and planning related to community health issues. Community-based organizations will use environmental, socio-economic, and health and health risk assessment data to inform policies and define actions that promote health and eliminate health disparities.
Funded Partner: Rhode Island Public Health Institute

Community Health Promotion

Goal: To perform community health assessments and develop action plans for three urban communities with large ethnic minority populations: Providence's Southside, Central Falls, and Woonsocket.
Funded Partners: African Alliance of Rhode Island, Progreso Latino, St. Joseph's Health Services of Rhode Island, Urban League of Rhode Island and YWCA of Northern Rhode Island

Rape Prevention

Goal: To reduce the incidence of rape and attempted rape among females 12 and older. Day One will provide school-based prevention to middle-school students, as well as their teachers and parents. In addition, training and information will be provided for medical and law enforcement personnel on screening for violence topics.
Strategic Partners: All Rhode Island Hospitals and Police Departments Rhode Island Department of Children Youth & Families, Rhode Island Department of Education, SafeRI - Violence and Injury Prevention Program.
Funded Partner: Day One

Healthy RI and CLAS Initiatives

Goal: To guide public health improvement efforts in Rhode Island. The Healthy RI 2010 plan tracks progress toward 27 objectives to eliminate health disparities and increase the quality and years of healthy life. A primary strategy to improve quality and eliminate disparities among Rhode Islanders is reflected in the departmental emphasis on cultural competence and language access through the implementation of the federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) mandates. more