State Government Press Releases

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11/14/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the March of Dimes are kicking off Prematurity Awareness Month this November with new initiatives designed to reduce preterm birth and early elective deliveries in Rhode Island. The partnership includes an educational campaign, a November 14...
11/13/2013
In a new public service announcement (PSA) released today by the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), First Lady Stephanie D. Chafee is reminding all Rhode Islanders about the importance of being vaccinated against the flu before the holiday season arrives. The PSA will be airing...
11/12/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announce that recreational contact advisories related to cyanobacteria blooms on bodies of water in the state are now lifted. Four bodies of water were affected by cyanobacteria blooms during...
11/04/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will be teaming up with cities and towns over the next six weeks to offer vaccinations at no cost at 19 immunizations clinics throughout the state. The clinics will also help cities and towns test their public health emergency preparedness plans. ...
10/29/2013
Every year, Rhode Island babies die from sleeping in unsafe environments. During Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month this October, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges expectant parents and everyone who cares for a baby younger than age one to learn how to put their...
10/29/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is advising consumers not to eat prepared, ready-to-eat salads from Boston Salads and Prepared Foods that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company, based in Boston, MA, is voluntarily recalling products that were distributed in...
10/29/2013
With Halloween only a few days away, the Rhode Island Department of Health offers these tips to remind Rhode Islanders how to stay safe and healthy while preparing for Trick or Treating. - Be Smart With Your Treats Inspect candy for signs of tampering, such as ripped packaging, pinholes,...
10/25/2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Michael Fine, M.D, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), announced that HEALTH has rendered two decisions that will affect the acquisition of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island by Prime Healthcare Services-Landmark, LLC,...
10/23/2013
In a world of rapidly evolving information technology, the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (BMLD) has created and approved policy guidance for the appropriate use of social media in the practice of medicine. Rhode Island's guidelines are based on guidance of the Federation...
10/12/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) State Health Laboratories has identified a new packaging, in pill form, of the synthetic drug, acetyl fentanyl. The State Lab identified the substance in pills brought in for testing to be acetyl fentanyl, the synthetic opiate identified by the Lab...