State Government Press Releases

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PROVIDENCE - Show Your Love, a new national campaign, launches today, Valentine's Day, with messages about the importance of engaging in healthy behaviors before making the decision to conceive a child. The campaign was developed by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PHHCI), in...
Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Conclusion of Widespread Influenza Period Statewide. According to HEALTH's regulations, healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza are no longer required to wear a...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and RISAFE will offer free crowd safety management and control training on Monday, February 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Showcase...
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urges those with special healthcare needs to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry in advance of the upcoming winter storm. Enrolling in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but it does allow local and state emergency...
PROVIDENCE - Where you live makes a big difference in how healthy you are likely to be. If you live in a place without safe sidewalks for walking, or without grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, you may find it hard to eat right and exercise. If you do not eat right and exercise,...
PROVIDENCE - A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today shows how each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. is faring in implementing proven strategies that reduce tobacco use, such as comprehensive smoke-free policies, media campaigns, higher prices on tobacco...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has received a request to change location from the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center, one of the three approved Compassion Center applicants in Rhode Island. As per HEALTH's Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Medical Marijuana...
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today announced its recruitment of new members for the state Physician Assistants Board, which licenses and regulates the physician assistant profession. HEALTH is particularly interested in expanding the diversity of this Board, whose...
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is recommending pertussis vaccinations in Coventry after the HEALTH Laboratory confirmed a total of four pertussis (also known as "whooping cough") cases in that community. HEALTH recommends that individuals see their primary care...
Animal Still At Large After Biting One Person and Two Dogs Last Night PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has learned that a person is being treated for rabies exposure after having contact with a raccoon in an unprovoked attack in North Kingstown last night. The incident...