State Government Press Releases

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PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced the teen winners and finalists of its inaugural "Say Yes to the Test" video ad contest. Zoe Prescott and Bomina Belden, who co-produced their 30-second video for a class project at Westerly High School, won First Place...
PROVIDENCE Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Widespread Flu Incidence Statewide. This declaration triggers Rhode Island's new regulations requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza to wear...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is urging all Rhode Islanders who are able to be immunized against flu to get a flu shot, as the number of influenza cases has begun to increase at both the local and national levels. HEALTH reports that influenza activity has been...
Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today presented the Rhode Island College (RIC) School of Nursing with HEALTH's smoke-free policy award for its new policy banning the use of all tobacco products for nursing school students while on campus and while off...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has lifted the cautionary boil water advisory issued after Hurricane Sandy to a Glocester-based water system. The Village on Chopmist Hill has corrected the problem and the water from this water system is safe to use and consume. A total of 19...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today released its new 2012 report, "The Health of Rhode Island Non-Metropolitan Communities," and presented eight Rural Health Champion Awards during an event celebrating National Rural Health Day at the North Scituate Community House.
PROVIDENCE - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today joined Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), and other diabetes educators at a ceremony at the Rhode Island State House proclaiming November 14 World Diabetes Day in Rhode Island. The event, attended by...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has lifted the cautionary boil water advisory issued after Hurricane Sandy to a Charlestown-based water system. Carousel Marketplace has corrected the problem and the water from this water system is safe to use and consume. A total of 19 water...
A recent survey conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and a handful of community partner organizations shows an increased demand for smoke-free outdoor areas throughout Rhode Island. More than 900 Rhode Island residents were asked to rate how supportive they would be if...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will exercise its public health preparedness plans with several cities and towns by opening public vaccination clinics. Vaccinations against pertussis (whooping cough), seasonal influenza, and pneumonia will be offered at cities and towns throughout...