Public Health

The Rhode Island Department of Health coordinates all public health activities and services throughout the state. The state of Rhode Island has no local health departments. In late 2011, we began working toward achieving accreditation through the new Public Health Accreditation Board certification program, with the goal to submit the state’s application in 2013. (more)

What we do




  • Childhood and teen vaccination
  • Prenatal health
  • Refugee health
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Inform lawmakers about the most pressing local health issues and advocating for change to improve and protect the health of the public.
  • Education, train, and guide healthcare providers on timely health matters and other professional issues.