State Government Press Releases

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01/02/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Tobacco Control Program launched a new text messaging campaign today aimed at helping teen tobacco users ages 18 and under kick the habit. Text To Be An EX (T2BX) is a one-of-a-kind, two-way, customized text message cessation support and education...
12/30/2014
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 regulations requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza to wear a...
12/19/2014
1. Wash hands. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. 2. Use different cutting boards for different foods. Consider using separate cutting boards for ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce, bread, and cooked foods versus raw meats,...
12/16/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that the 2015 Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program application cycle is open through February 13, 2015. The program offers health education loan repayments to eligible health professionals who serve in a...
12/15/2014
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the latest numbers on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2014, there have been 212 apparent accidental drug overdose...
12/15/2014
With many Rhode Islanders gearing up for holiday get-togethers with family and friends, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is reminding everyone about the importance of vaccination against the flu. "It typically takes people two weeks to develop immunity after getting a flu shot,"...
12/10/2014
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is the 15th healthiest state in the nation, according to the recently-released America's Health Rankings®—2014 edition report. Rhode Island's status jumped four spots in the new rankings, up from 19th place last year. According to the report, the state's strengths...
12/09/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that a raccoon captured on Saturday, December 6, 2014 close to 43 Broadway in Newport (near the RIPTA bus stop, Newport City Hall, and Thompson Middle School) has tested positive for rabies. Several people may have had contact with this raccoon.
11/20/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will observe this year's American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on Thursday November 20, from 5-9 p.m. with a Gallery Night Reception featuring a collection of personal tobacco-related stories, on display at the University of Rhode Island's...
11/18/2014
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the latest numbers on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2014, there have been 188 apparent accidental drug...