To prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.

Leading Priorities

  • Address the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health.
  • Eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.
  • Ensure access to quality health services for all Rhode Islanders, including the state's vulnerable populations.

Public Health Accreditation

The Rhode Island Department of Health gained accreditation in November 2015 and was reaccredited in 2024. Being accredited means we are committed to transparency, accountability, and a culture of continuous quality improvement so that we can better serve our customers and help ensure that everyone has an equal chance to live in a healthy community. more

Jerome Larkin, MD

Dr. Staci Fischer

Jerome Larkin, MD is the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Dr. Larkin previously served as the Medical Director of Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consultation Services at Rhode Island Hospital. He has also served as the Co-Director of the Pediatric HIV Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Larkin has authored many abstracts, chapters, and works in peer-reviewed journals and publications and has been recognized with multiple awards and honors. They include the 2022 Steven M. Opal Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2015 Beckwith Family Award for Outstanding Teaching, both from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. Dr. Larkin is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College.