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10/02/2015 16:28 EDT
Hosted by Health and Human Services Secretary, Elizabeth Roberts and Director of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex 182 Thurbers Ave, Providence Can't make it? Share your ideas on Twitter using #healthyRI.
09/30/2015 09:21 EDT
Rhode Island's school flu vaccination clinics have started. Most evening clinics are open to family members and the community. There is no charge for vaccination, and you do not need insurance to be vaccination. However, if you have insurance, please bring your insurance card.


07/09/2015 16:03 EDT
Anyone who may have had any physical contact with the cat who tested positive for rabies in the East Bay Village area of West Main Road should call the Department of Health immediately (401-222-2577, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 401-272-5952 after hours). Anyone who has a pet that may have had contact with this cat or any feral cat in this area should contact Middletown Animal Control at 401-846-1144 extension 7101 during normal business hours or the Middletown Police Department at 401-846-1104 after hours.
07/01/2015 14:59 EDT
Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) is now required, by law, for all infants born in Rhode Island. Newborns will be screened for CCHD before hospital discharge and by using pulse oximetry. CCHD is a group of heart defects that often cause life-threatening symptoms soon after birth. Infants diagnosed with CCHD often require surgical interventions within the first year of life; however, CCHD is usually treatable if detected early. The addition of CCHD to Rhode Island's newborn screening panel was recommended nationally by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, endorsed by the Rhode Island Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and approved by the Director of Health. This change is consistent with national guidelines on expanded newborn screening.
06/30/2015 14:44 EDT
The Department of Environmental Management announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. All of the 64 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 20 traps set statewide on June 15 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Test results are pending at the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories. for 134 mosquito pools collected from 23 traps set on June 22.
05/29/2015 09:59 EDT
The Rhode Island Senate unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott to the position of Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
05/26/2015 10:46 EDT
This brief summarizes selected results from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.
03/25/2015 13:36 EDT
This new issue brief examines unintended pregnancy among women in Rhode Island, and includes recommended actions for healthcare providers.
03/03/2015 13:56 EST
Deadline March 16, 2015. Seasonal Policy Interns assist with the State's various public health and services programs within the various divisions of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Will be responsible to assist full-time staff in various areas of agency policy and planning, special projects, studies, research, data collection, entry and analysis, surveys, design outreaching and education materials and to monitor organized events and other related projects.
01/26/2015 10:40 EST
Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health is issuing an advisory to remind people of precautions to take in extreme cold and during winter storms. Frigid temperatures are predicted into the weekend and a winter storm is expected. It is especially important that all Rhode Islanders take the following precautions: Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors frequently. The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures and may not be able to shovel their own driveways and sidewalks. Watch for icy or slippery spots on driveways and walkways to help prevent injuries from slips and falls. Dress warmly if you are outside, especially if you are not physically active. Wear a coat, hat, scarf and gloves even for a short walk to a mailbox. A fall or a locked door can leave you exposed to extreme cold. When shoveling snow, don't pick up too much snow at once. Use a smaller shovel, or only fill the shovel part way if you use a large shovel. Push the snow as you shovel - it is easier on your back. If you must lift the snow, protect your back. Bend from your knees, and lift with your legs bent. Stand with your feet about hip width apart for good balance, and keep the shovel close to your body. Indoor temperatures should be set according to activity level, health and medications. A safe, fuel-saving temperature for a young, active family may be dangerous for an older person who has trouble moving or is taking certain medications. Avoid drinking alcohol as it can lower the body's ability to keep warm. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated, no-sugar beverages. (You can get dehydrated in cold weather too.) If someone has been exposed to extreme cold and is showing signs of hypothermia (confusion, trouble walking, shivering) call 911 right away. Cover the person with a warm blanket. Do not rub the person's arms or legs. "Exposure to lower-than-normal temperatures for even a short time can be dangerous for the very young, elderly, and those with chronic diseases," said Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD. "It is important that all Rhode Islanders use caution during extreme cold and winter storms, and as a community, be particularly aware of those who are most at risk."

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