State Government Press Releases

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07/23/2015
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued a health advisory for Blackamore because of blue-green algae blooms in both bodies of water. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in that body of water,
07/23/2015
Providence -- The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Paradise Pond in Middletown due to a detected blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae causes toxins that can harm humans and animals....
07/23/2015
In an effort to educate Rhode Islanders of the dangers posed by ticks this time of year, the Department of Health (RI DOH) urges all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves from tick bites and to check themselves for ticks after spending time outdoors to help prevent Lyme disease. "We want people...
07/15/2015
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has been notified that Barber Foods is recalling nearly two million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The affected products have been linked to at least six...
06/30/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued a health advisory for Melville Pond because of blue-green algae blooms in that body of water. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in that body of water, which is...
06/24/2015
PROVIDENCE Yesterday the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced the 2015 recipients of the Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (RI HPLRP) during a State House ceremony that also honored the program's funders. The Program, offering health education loan...
06/16/2015
Today HEALTH released a new policy for reporting accidental drug-related overdose deaths. The revised policy reflects a change from the previous monthly reporting of "apparent" and "confirmed" deaths to weekly reporting of only the deaths that have been confirmed by the Office of State Medical...
05/22/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) leads the state's effort to reduce infectious disease and support a healthier state. To alert Rhode Islanders of the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HEALTH released data today showing that the rates of HIV and several other STDs are...
05/12/2015
Rhode Island Efforts to Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco Products Subject of New Federal Study and Grant Award The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced today that it will receive approximately $468,000 of new federal funding to conduct an in-depth evaluation of policies and...
05/07/2015
Today nearly 400 community members and representatives from the fields of public health, healthcare, and academia gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick to participate in the first Health Equity Summit of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). They were joined by Elizabeth Roberts,...