State Government Press Releases

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06/29/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Health Professionals Loan Repayment Board announced more than $686,000 in loan repayment awards today aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce and narrowing health disparities in Rhode Island by increasing the number of providers in...
06/26/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is joining leading HIV prevention organizations in Rhode Island in urging Rhode Islanders between 13 and 64 years of age to get tested at one of three free or low-cost HIV testing events on Tuesday June 27th, National HIV Testing Day. Everyone...
06/12/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investigating a cluster of five cases (four cases in May and one in February) of human illness due to Salmonella Braenderup linked to exposure to backyard chicks. Rhode Islanders are reminded to practice good hygiene around live poultry to protect...
05/31/2017
Hundreds of Rhode Island teenagers held a Kick Butts Zombie Walk and mannequin challenge across Providence today to call on leaders to up the age to buy tobacco products in any form to 21, and to take additional steps to help prevent tobacco-related disease and deaths. The event, which...
05/17/2017
With warmer weather and longer days now in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) urge everyone to take precautions to protect against Lyme disease when heading outdoors. "Our comprehensive approach to Lyme disease in...
05/10/2017
A study published today in the journal Environmental Research provides new, local details on the health effects of hot weather on Rhode Islanders and has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) Northeast Region to update its heat advisory policy. According to study authors, including Julia...
05/08/2017
Fewer teenagers report using e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products in Providence than in other cities following Providence's 2013 implementation of strict policies that restrict tobacco sales, according to new data released today by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). Since...
05/01/2017
The March of Dimes presented Rhode Island with its Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award at a ceremony this morning for the state's dramatic reduction in the rate of preterm births, a health issue closely tied to brain, lung, hearing, and vision issues in newborns. Rhode Island'...
04/26/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has alerted healthcare providers that the flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, which means that healthcare workers who have not been immunized against the flu are no longer required to wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. The...
04/17/2017
Updated regulations intended to make the prescribing of opioids more judicious and safe in Rhode Island are now in effect, marking the implementation of a major component of the Strategic Plan developed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. "These...