Datebook Archives


Get up, get out and get active for your health.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

4th Annual New England Regional Children’s Heath Care Summit
Presented by The New England Alliance for Children’s Health,
An Initiative of Community Catalyst

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

FREE OF CHARGE / Registration closes October 18, 2010

Advocates for Children’s Health are invited to take advantage of this free conference and encouraged to forward the invitation to others who might be interested.  Registrants are also invited to bring literature to the Summit to share with other NEACH partners.  Guests (who register in time) can expect a variety of informational sessions and workshops, including

  • National Health Reform: Opportunities for New England
  • Implementing State Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Campaigns
  • Effective Communications Strategies
  • More

Please note: If you would like to arrive the night before the Summit, hotel rooms are currently available at the Radisson at a discounted rate. To reserve a room, please call (603) 625-1000 and note that you will be attending an event hosted by Community Catalyst.

For more information about the conference, click here to download a draft of the agenda or contact Maia Fedyszyn at 617-275-2871 or mfedyszyn@communitycatalyst.org.  To register for the conference, click here.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Health Justice Voice Meeting
Learn the Truth, Get a Voice / Conozca la Verdad y Promuevala

Monday, October 25, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 PM
John Hope Settlement House
7 Thomas P. Witten Way
Providence, RI

Free and Open to the Public / Gratis y Abierto a la comunidad
Light Dinner will be provided / Se sirven comida

For more information about the meeting or the Health Justice Voice program click here or call 421-6993 x319. / Para aprender informacion del programa o de la reunion, apunte/haz clic aqui o llame al 421-6993 x319.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Community Health Fair
Presented by SEDC:
the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
60 North Main St.,
Woonsocket, RI 02895
10AM – 12PM

Services Available at the event include: Free seasonal flu shots, basic health screenings, free HIV testing, community resources, children’s activities and more! For more information, or to acquire a flyer in Khmer, Hmong, and Lao, call SEDC at (401) 274-8811.

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October 18-21, 2010

7th National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations
Improving health care for culturally diverse populations:
A new place on the national health agenda

Presented by Diversity Rx

October 18-21, 2010
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
201 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MA

“The theme of the 2010 conference is ‘Improving health care for culturally diverse populations: A new place on the national health agenda.’ From state initiatives to accreditation standards to national health care reform, improving the health of culturally diverse populations is on the agenda of our country’s health policymakers. With the aim of reducing persistent health disparities and improving quality and access, integrating culturally and linguistically appropriate services into health care has figured prominently on the health policy agendas of the US Congress, The Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the National Quality Forum, and the Institute of Medicine. Join us as we discuss the implications of these initiatives and others, in the context of the tenth anniversary of the CLAS Standards.”

Read additional information about the conference objectives here.  For details on registration, logistics and accommodations, click here.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Women’s Stress Reduction & Relaxation Program
Presented by YWCA Northern Rhode Island

Saturday, October 16
10:00 AM
Mercy Rehab at Mt. St. Rita’s
15 Sumner Brown Road
Cumberland, RI

YWCA Northern RI invites women to enjoy a day of relaxation techniques, Reiki, Massages, Light lunch, entertainment, etc. Registration is required. For more info, or to register, call 401-769-7450 ext 12. Click here to see the full list of fall season health events happening at YWCA NRI.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

“Fall Women’s Wellness Series on Nutrition/Exercise”
First Day of Classes

Thursday, October 14, 2010
1:30 PM
YWCA Northern Rhode Island
514 Blackstone Street
Woonsocket, RI

YWCA Northern Rhode Island is offering a “Fall Women’s Wellness Series on Nutrition & Exercise.” The program will consist of four Thursday Afternoons at 1:30 PM (Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28 and Nov 4) or two Thursday Evenings at 6:30 PM (Oct 28 and Nov 4). Registration is required. For more info, or to register, call 401-769-7450 ext 12.  Click here to see the full list of fall season health events happening at YWCA NRI.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
10-11 AM
S.E.D.C.
270 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Workshop on Basic Health Issues and Screening Information
With the “Healthy Choices Book”
Presented by YWCA Northern Rhode Island and Lifespan

Wednesday, October 13
1:30pm
YWCA Northern Rhode Island
514 Blackstone Street
Woonsocket, RI

Registration is required (and still available) by calling 401-769-7450 ext 12.
Participants will receive a complimentary book.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Community Health Fair
Presented by SEDC:
the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
SEDC
270 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
10AM-12PM & 5PM-7PM

Services Available at the event include: Free seasonal flu shots, basic health screenings, free HIV testing, community resources, children’s activities and more! For more information, or to acquire a flyer in Khmer, Hmong, and Lao, call SEDC at (401) 274-8811.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

Wednesday, October 6
6:30-7:30 pm
Emanuel Church
77 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Olneyville Fall Community Health Fair
Sponsored by Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly / Divine Health Ministry

Saturday, October 2, 2010
11am – 2pm
Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly
1860 Westminster St.
Prov. RI 02909

Vendor Reservations Open till September 27
The Vendor Registration fee is $15

Members of the public are invited to join the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly / Divine Health Ministry for free health screenings, health & wellness information, resources, refreshments, & the opportunity to donate blood to save lives! Featured vendors include: 1) RI Blood Center, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, 2) Urban League of RI, 3) URI-Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America- SNAP Outreach Program, 4) Lifespan Community Health Services, and more…

For more information contact Deacon Debra 401-345-1324.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Creating Healthy Communities in Rhode Island; One Advocate at a Time”

With Randi Belhumeur, MS, RD, LDN, CDOE
Initiative for Healthy Weight RI Department of Health

Miriam Hospital
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Hurvitz BCR one

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

This meeting has been scheduled as a follow up to the August Health Advocates meeting and the screening held of “Place Matters,” from the documentary series, “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” It is designed so that attendees learn more about initiatives taking place in RI that focus on the social determinants of health. Some topics to be discussed include the Healthy Corner Initiative being led by the Environmental Justice League of RI and some of the policies currently in place that touch on social determinants.

For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org. Parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
10-11 am
Camp Street Ministries
194 Camp Street
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Health Justice Voice Meeting
Learn the Truth, Get a Voice / Conozca la Verdad y Promuevala

Monday, September 27, 2010 / Lunes, 27 de Septiembre
5:30 – 7:30 PM
John Hope Settlement House
7 Thomas P. Witten Way
Providence, RI

Free and Open to the Public / Gratis y Abierto a la comunidad
Light Dinner will be provided / Se sirven comida

Learn how you can help change Public Health Policy in Rhode Island and join a discussion that will ask questions like are the big tobacco companies going after your children?  And do they care about the poisons they are putting in your body?

Aprenda como puede ayudar a cambiar la Politica de la Salud Publica en Rhode Island y unase con un grupo que pidiera los siguientes preguntas: “Estan las grandes empresas de tabaco detras de tus hijos?  Y cree que a ellos les importa el veneno que estan poniendo en tu cuerpo?

For more information about the meeting or the Health Justice Voice program click here or call 421-6993 x319. / Para aprender informacion del programa o de la reunion, apunte/haz clic aqui o llame al 421-6993 x319.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

September 27, 2010
10-11 am
First Universal Church
250 Washington Street
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings / Exámenes de cáncer de la próstata Sin Cargo:
And Prostate Cancer Presentations / Y Presentaciónes Cortas

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 / Miércoles, 22 de Septiembre, 2010
5:30 PM
Table of Christ Church
(Parking lot entrance / Por la entrada del parqueo)
1520 Broad Street
Providence, RI

In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the fact that “1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer,” the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lifespan and the American Cancer Society will present free cancer screenings and info sessions on September 20 and 22nd. / Para realizar este Mes de Educación Sobre el Cáncer de la Próstata y para responder a los datos que nos muestran que uno en 6 hombres tendrá cáncer de la próstata, El Centro de Cuido Comprensivo de Cancer en Lifespan y la Sociedad Norteamericano de Cancer se los orfrecen exámenes de cáncer de la próstata sin cargo y talleres informativos en el 20 y 22 de Septiembre.

To receive the FREE prostate cancer screening, participants should fall under the following guidelines

  • Must be 40-75 years old
  • Must be 35-75 years old if they are African American, Hispanic or have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Must not be under the care of a urologist
  • Must not have health insurance
  • Must not have been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Must arrive at 5:30pm to listen to a short presentation

Para recibir un examen de cáncer de la próstata SIN CARGO:

  • Debe tener 40-75 años de edad
  • Debe tener 35-75 años de edad si usted es norteamericano africano, hispano, o tiene una
  • historia familiar de cáncer de la próstata
  • Si no está bajo el cuidado de un urólogo
  • No debe tener seguro médico
  • No debe haber sido diagnosticado con cáncer de la próstata anteriormente
  • Debe llegar a las 5:30 de la tarde para escuchar una presentación corta.

Click here to view and distribute the flyer, in Enlish.  Haga clic aqui para ver y compartir el anuncio, en Español.

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September 22, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

September 22, 2010
11 am – 12 noon
Amos House
415 Friendship St.
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE CALL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
Linking Community and Faith Leaders to Information about New Benefits
A Conference Call for Faith and Community Leaders with the President of the United States

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central, 2 PM Mountain, 1 PM Pacific

Dial in information:

“You are invited to join President Obama for a conference call to discuss key new benefits under the Affordable Care Act.  We want to ensure that community leaders like you have the most up-to-date information and resources about these new benefits to share with your communities and congregations.

On September 23rd, the six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, several new health care benefits begin to apply: eligible young people up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ health plan, key prevention benefits are covered without co-pays or deductibles in new plans, and insurance companies may no longer deny coverage to kids because of pre-existing conditions or drop someone from coverage because of a paperwork mistake.

President Obama will speak about how consumers and communities are already benefiting from the new law.  HHS officials will provide an update on how the Affordable Care Act is being implemented, highlight new outreach resources, and answer questions from community and faith leaders.  Community and faith leaders will also share their efforts to bring the benefits of health care reform home to communities.”

You do not need to RSVP for this call.   If you have questions, email partnerships@hhs.gov

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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September 20, 2010

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
And Prostate Cancer Presentations

Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:30 PM
Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly
(Troy Street Entrance)
1860 Westminster Street,
Providence, RI

and

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5:30 PM
Table of Christ Church
(Parking lot entrance)
1520 Broad Street
Providence, RI

In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the fact that “1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer,” the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lifespan and the American Cancer Society will present free cancer screenings and info sessions on September 20 and 22nd. To receive the FREE prostate cancer screening, participants should fall under the following guidelines:

  • Must be 40-75 years old
  • Must be 35-75 years old if they are African American, Hispanic or have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Must not be under the care of a urologist
  • Must not have health insurance
  • Must not have been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer

Click here to view and distribute the flyer.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Unnatural Causes…Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Place Matters”

Film and Discussion

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital, 1st floor
Hurvitz BCR
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org. Parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MEN’S WELLNESS NIGHT
before and during Pawsox game

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
McCoy Stadium
One Columbus Avenue
Pawtucket, RI

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. outside
and to 8:30 p.m. inside
(game time – 7:05 p.m.)

Sponsored by Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, This FREE EVENT (and free drawing for prizes) includes:

FREE SCREENINGS
BLOOD PRESSURE • CHOLESTEROL • FOOT PROBLEMS * COLORECTAL, PROSTATE AND
SKIN CANCER

ASK A DOCTOR
ARTHRITIS • COLON, PROSTATE & SKIN CANCER • FOOT CARE • FAMILY, ADULT AND
OLDER ADULT HEALTH

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES • CENTER FOR REHABILITATION • EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
• HAND HYGIENE • HEALTHY LIVING/EATING • HEART DISEASE • HOME CARE • LAB
TESTS • PHYSICAL MEDICINE • STRESS MANAGEMENT • STROKE CENTER • WEB SITE •
PROSTATE CANCER (PAWSOX AND PROSTATES) FROM THE PAWTUCKET CANCER
CONTROL TASK FORCE

For more details on Memorial’s Wellness Night or PawSox and Prostates, click here to download the flyer or call (401) 729-2459 or visit http://www.mhri.org

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Asian Community Health Workers in Rhode Island
Community Health Worker Forum

Monday, August 30, 2010
9am-12pm
Community College of RI
(Warwick) Knight Campus
400 East Avenue
Warwick RI 02886

RSVP Required
NO LATER THAN AUGUST 27, 12noon

Supported in part by SEDC (The Socioeconomic Development Center for Southeast Asians) and open to the public is a morning discussion for and about Asian Community Health Workers on Monday, August 30. There will be guest speakers on health care reform and other issues that affect Community Health Workers, as well as a group discussion on the roles and resources in the Community Health Worker sites around the state.

PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN AUGUST 27 at 12noon. RSVP or questions: chwassociationri@gmail.com.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Progreso Latino & Walgreens Present:
“Back to School Health Celebration”

Saturday, August 28, 2010
10:00 am to 4:00 PM
Jenks Park
600 Broad St.
Central Falls, RI

Celebrate education and your health with Progreso Latino and a variety of partners, such as Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Bristol Community College, Central Falls School District, Children’s Friends, MAP-Behavioral Health Services Inc. and RI Department of Health. This event will feature health information, raffles, refreshments, games, face painting and more. The event also includes Free Screenings, including those for:

* Cholesterol * Blood Pressure Screening * Blood Sugar Screening * Body Mass Index * Bone Density * Waist Circumference * HIV Testing * Hepatitis C Testing * Flu Shot.

For more information, contact Progreso Latino at 401-728-5920 ext. 317

(en espanol)
Celebremos educacion y su salud con Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Bristol Community College, Central Falls School District, Children’s Friends, MAP-Behavioral Health Services Inc. y RI Department of Health. Este evento se los ofrecen informacion de salud, rifas, referidos, juegos para ninos, etc. Tambien habra pruebas gratis:

* Colesterol * Prension Alterial * Azucar en la Sangre * Indice de Masa Corporal * Densidad Osea * Circunferencia de la Cintura * Prueba de VIH * Prueba de Hepatitis C * Vacuna para la Gripe.

Para mas informacion, llame al Progreso Latino: 401-728-5920 ext. 317.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010


OPEN HOUSE / INAGURACION DE LA
Hope Clinic / Clinica Esperanza
A Free Health Clinic / Una Clinica de salud gratis

August 21, 2010 / 21 de Agosto
60 Valley Street, unit/unidad # 5
Providence, RI 02909
8 am – 1 pm

Join the organizers for free health screenings and a chance to meet the staff and learn about free health services for the uninsured. The following Health Screenings will be available: 1) Blood pressures; 2) Glucose exams; 3) Cholesterol testing; 4) HIV testing; 5) Hepatitis C testing. For more information, click here to download the flyer or call Maria at (401) 347-9093 or Carlos at (401) 649-9683.

Se los inviten a este evento donde podran adquirir examenes de salud gratuito y conocer nuestro equipo medico y sobre nuestros servicios medicos gratis para personas sin seguro medico. Los siguientes examenes estaran disponibles: 1) Examenes de presion arterial; 2) Examen para el colesterol; 3) Chequeo de azucar; 4) Examen del VIH; 5) Examen de Hepatitis C. Para mas informacion llame a: Maria ( 401) 347-9093 o Carlos (401) 649-9683.

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August 10 & 14, 2010

HEALTHY CORNER STORE MAKEOVERS
Part of the Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Tuesday, August 10 & Saturday, August 14

(August 10)
12:00 – 2:00 PM
New Battambang Market
366 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI

(August 14)
11:00a – 1:00p
Mi Quisqueya Market
933 Broad Street
Providence, RI

The Environmental Justice League of RI and students from the Environmental Justice League’s Community Environmental College invite the public to participate in two Healthy Corner Store Makeovers, on Tuesday, August 10th and Saturday, August 14th. Activities include introducing new healthy products to customers through taste tests and cooking demonstrations, labeling healthy items in the store, and physically rearranging products and displays to promote the healthiest options.

The makeovers will also serve as a time to celebrate the introduction of local products to each store, including Rhode Island-grown fruits and vegetables; Rhode Island-produced milk; more whole grain rice, pastas, tortillas, and breads; and more low-salt and low-sugar canned goods and sauces.

Storeowners and community members who have questions about participating in the Healthy Corner Store Initiative or who want to hear more about the Environmental Justice League are encouraged to visit http://www.ejlri.wordpress.com, or call (in English o Espanol) 401- 383-7441.

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August 11 – 13, 2010

The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color
A Two-Day Training for Journalists

August 11 – 13, 2010
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, Louisiana

Health reform presents an historic opportunity to address fundamental inequities in the health care system and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities that continue to plague the nation. As the process of health reform implementation moves forward, the media will play a key role in informing the public about how these changes will affect their communities.

In an effort to facilitate a greater understanding of these often complicated issues, the National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color is hosting a two-day training for journalists. This training is designed to bring attention to health policy issues that affect communities of color and to ensure that journalists have the tools, resources, and information they need to report on these topics.

For more information, contact Sherice Perry at 202-628-3030 or by email at sperry@familiesusa.org. To register online, click here. To download a registration form to fax or email it back, click here. To view a tentative agenda, click here.

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August 17 – 19, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announces:
The 4th Annual National Conference on

Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

August 17 – 19, 2010
The Omni Hotel (in Atlanta)
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the fourth annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media to be held August 17 – 19, 2010, at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, GA. This conference brings together individuals representing academia, public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector, and provides a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice.

For more information, click here or visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthmarketing/NCHCMM2010.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Unnatural Causes…Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Becoming an American”

Film and Discussion

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital, 1st floor
Hurvitz BCR
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org. Parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Talking About Healthy People in Healthy Places:
Linking Values to Policy and Environmental Change
Part of the The Convergence Partnership Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
2:00 p.m
RI Department of Health, Room 302
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI

Join the RI Department of Health, PolicyLink & The Convergence Partnership for a webinar on Talking About People in Healthy Places. Creating healthy places where people can be healthy requires broad-based policy and environmental change. Developing these changes require effective communication with others about the importance of healthy, equitable communities. Social science research demonstrates specific techniques for successfully conveying messages. This webinar will address effective communication strategies to advance the reality of healthy people in healthy places. Panelists will discuss framing, language and techniques to developing messages that can garner support for policies and environmental change strategies. Panelists will specifically address the challenges of talking about equity.

This webinar is the fourth in a five-part series titled “Healthy People, Healthy Places,” offered by the Convergence Partnership.” To register for this webinar or upcoming webinars in the series, click here. You will receive call-in instructions closer to the date of the webinar and a reminder email will also be sent to registrants a day before the webinar. For more information, email Emma@policylink.org.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Lead Poisoning and its Impact on Communities of Color”

Presented by Emily Godfrey
Childhood Lead Action Project

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital, 1st floor
Sopkin Auditorium
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Learn more about “Lead Poisoning and its Impact on Communities of Color” with Emily Godfrey, the Project Coordinator of the Immigrant and Refugee Lead Prevention Project at the Childhood Lead Action Project. For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org.

Lunch will be provided and parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Health Disparities and ‘QuickHealthDataOnline’
A Telephone Training on the Online Information System
By the Office on Women’s Health

A Special Focus on the Hispanic Population

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Toll Free Number: 1-877-960-5201
Passcode: 563427#

Announcing the availability of a series of telephone trainings on the Office on Women’s Health online information system QuickHealthDataOnline. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level. To the extent possible, data are provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age. Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps.

Prior to the start of the session, (1) be sitting in front of your computer, (2) open the internet on your computer, (3) go to the following web address: http://www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata, and (4) set the telephones on Mute.

For more information, visit http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh or contact Al Meltzer – (e): ameltzer@qrs-inc.com; (p): (703) 352-7393.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

FREE Health & Wellness Information &
Glucose & Cholesterol Screenings

Presented by Shekinah Family Worship Center

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 PM
25 Pomona Ave.
Providence, RI

Information:(w) http://www.shekinahfamilyworshipcenter.org; (e) sfwc@cox.net; (p): 401-421-0226

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Monday, June 21, 2010


Online Mapping on ‘QuickHealthDataOnline’
A Telephone Training on the Online Information System
By the Office on Women’s Health

Monday, June 21, 2010
11 am – 12 pm
Toll Free Number: 1-877-960-5201
Passcode: 563427#

Announcing the availability of a series of telephone trainings on the Office on Women’s Health online information system QuickHealthDataOnline. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level. To the extent possible, data are provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age. Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps.

Prior to the start of the session, (1) be sitting in front of your computer, (2) open the internet on your computer, (3) go to the following web address: http://www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata, and (4) set the telephones on Mute.

For more information, visit http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh or contact Al Meltzer – (e): ameltzer@qrs-inc.com; (p): (703) 352-7393.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 Rhode Island Cancer Summit
Translational Research:
Moving Cancer Care from Bench to Bedside

Thursday, June 17
7:30AM – 3:00PM
The Crowne Plaza
801 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI.

Join the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI, the RI Department of Health, and a number of other partners for the 2010 Rhode Island Cancer Summit, an event that includes opening remarks and keynote addresses, panel discussions and award presentations, and small group breakout sessions for participants and event partners. For more information click here or call 401 222-7899.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

16th Annual Summer Public Health Research
Videoconference on Minority Health
What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Minority Health Disparities?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010,
1:30-4:00pm
Via Internet “Webcast”
Live at the University of North Carolina,
School of Social Work

JOIN hundreds of public health and human services professionals, researchers, educators, and students throughout the country for the 16th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health.

Speakers booked for the live discussion include: 1) Mayra Alvarez, MHA, Legislative Assistant for Health for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin; 2) Ralph Forquera, MPH, Director, Seattle Indian Health Board; 3) Tony L. Whitehead, PhD, MSHyg,Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Maryland; 4) (Moderator) Howard Lee, MSW, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Cabinet.

For more information, visit http://www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2010 or click here. To view the broadcast live on June 8, click here.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

3rd Annual African Health Summit
It Can Happen to You:
Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Saturday, June 5, 2010
9 am – 2pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
445 Elmwood Ave.

Join the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI) for their annual health summit for “The Voice of the Local African Community.” The event includes information about cancer prevention, treatment and healthy lifestyles as well as 1) free health screenings; 2) food demonstrations; 3) health presentations; 4) free lunch; 5) free giveaways.

For more information, call 401-331-5535 or click here.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Strategies for Multi-field and Cross-sector Collaborations
Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series:
Where People Live, Work and Play Affects Their Health

Presented by Rhode Island Department of Health and
The Convergence Partnership

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
2:00 – 3:00 PM
3 Capitol Hill, Rm 302

RSVP to lisa.hawthorne@health.ri.gov

Join the Rhode Island Department of Health once a month from April through September to learn more about how ‘Where People Live, Work and Play Affects Their Health.’ Sessions are part of the “Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series.” For more information about the series, click here to download the full flyer or email Shireen@policylink.org.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Factors contributing to health disparities in children with asthma”
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital
Sopkin Auditorium
1st floor, Miriam Hospital

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Learn more about “Factors contributing to health disparities in children with asthma,” with experts from local Community Asthma Programs & the Childhood Asthma Research Program at RI Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Presenters include: 1) Elizabeth Mcquaid, PhD, Associate Professor at Alpert Medical School; 2) Daphne Koinis Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor at Alpert Medical School; 3) Barbara Jandasek, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, Alpert Medical School.

Lunch will be provided and parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital. For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

IRON CHEF PROVIDENCE
Launching the Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Presented by the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Farm Fresh RI, Kids First, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and students from Feinstein, Alvarez, Classical and the Met High Schools

Friday, May 21, 2010
7pm-9pm
Feinstein High School
544 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI

The Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative is working to help small storeowners provide our neighborhoods with greater access to healthy, affordable food. To launch the initiative organizers are challenging students from 3 Providence high schools to create the healthiest, tastiest meals they can using items purchased at a local corner store. The teams will be given $10 to spend at the store and then cook the meals right in front of you! The meals will be judged based on nutritional quality, the number of food groups used, taste, and presentation. Join in on the fun! Show your support for Providence’s local economy and learn how to make tasty dishes with healthy, affordable foods from neighborhood corner stores!

Confirmed judges include 1) Dr. David Gifford, Director of the RI Department of Health; 2) Tom Brady, Superintendent of the Providence Public School Department; 3) Sister Ann Keefe, St. Michael’s Church; 4) Rafael Nunez, owner of Mi Quisqueya Market; and 5) renowned Providence chef Walter Potenza. For more information click here or contact Amelia Rose: (phone) 401-383-7441 or (email) amelia.rose@ejlri.org.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

2nd Annual Young Leaders of Medicine
Community Health Fair
Knowledge is Contagious

Saturday, May 15, 2010
10am-1pm
Hope High School
324 Hope Street
Providence, RI

Come join the activities. Learn about diabetes, asthma, get a tour of the heart and MORE. Plus: Enjoy some refreshments and bring your kids, friends, parents. All are welcome. For more information, contact ylom2007@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Cost of Inaction:
Going Beyond the Business Case for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Part of the Disparities Solutions Center Web Seminar Series

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
Pre-registration is required and space is limited
Click here to register

Each day we deny the cost of disparities—both financial and human—the cost of inaction climbs. There is a growing recognition that equity is an essential part of quality, and this has inspired efforts to address racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Perhaps the factor that most impedes progress has been the lack of a “business case” to address disparities. This interactive web seminar, which is free and open to the public, will feature presentations from Thomas LaVeist, PhD, lead author of a recent report called “The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States”; Wayne Rawlins, MD, MBA, National Medical Director at Aetna; and Patrick Hagan, MHSA, President and COO at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, CME/CEU credit will be available.

In an effort to disseminate the latest information on disparities interventions, findings from important disparities research, and health policy updates regarding disparities reduction efforts, the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital hosts regular web-based seminar series. For more information about the May 11 webinar, click here or visit the Disparities Solutions Center website at http://www2.massgeneral.org/disparitiessolutions.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Providence Rhode Races
Marathon – Half Marathon – 5 K Race
Presented by Shape Up RI and Cox Races

Sunday, May 2, 2010
8:00 AM
Kennedy Plaza, Downcity
Providence, RI

Join Shape Up RI and COX for a 5K walk or run on May 2nd. Part of the proceeds benefit Shape Up RI. Register for any of the races on Rhoderaces.com and be sure to use the promotion code SHAPEUPRI2010. When you register, you can also join the Shape Up RI team, using the same code SHAPEUPRI2010, as the password. For more information click here to see the flyer or visit these websites: http://www.shapeupri.org and http://www.rhoderaces.com

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Law of the Land: Health Care Reform and
Implications for Disparities in Health and Health Care

Part of the Disparities Solutions Center Web Seminar Series

Thursday, April 29, 2010
12:00 – 1 pm EST
Pre-registration is required and space is limited
Click here to register

For the first time since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care” there is federal legislation that will help address this critical issue. Those interested are invited to join the review on key provisions of the recently enacted health care reform bill, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “, that will target racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care. Presenters include Daniel E. Dawes, JD, of Premier Healthcare Alliance Advocacy Office, Carlos Jackson of American Hospital Association, and Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH – Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The webinar will also include a discussion among the presenters, and a question and answer session with the audience. For additional information, click here or visit the Disparities Solutions Center website at www2.massgeneral.org/disparitiessolutions.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“How does Rhode Island serve the uninsured? How will Healthcare Reform affect the Underserved & uninsured Communities?”
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital
Sopkin Auditorium
1st floor, Miriam Hospital

Lunch will be provided; limited seating available
RSVP: (p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Learn more about the topic at a panel discussion with the following invited speakers: 1) Ann Kashmanian-VP of Finance Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital; 2) Dr. Michael Fine-Health Access Rhode Island; 3) Nick Tsoingas M.D, MPH- Healthright; 4) Linda Katz, JD-Poverty Institute; 5) Carrie Bridges MPH-Team Lead, Health Disparities & Access to Care Team, RI Department of Health; 6) Ed Quinlan-President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island

Lunch will be provided and parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital. For more information contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org.

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April 10 – April 24, 2010

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! CELEBRATE YOUR HEALTH!
Sponsored by: Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians (SEDC), Neighborhood Health Plan of RI (NHPRI), Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), Women’s Cancer Screening Program, & Women & Infants Family Van

Happy Year of the Tiger! Take a moment to celebrate the New Year by getting a FREE check-up on April 10, April 17, April 18, and April 24. In Providence, Cranston, and Smithfield, at the different Asian New Year events, booths will be set-up for attendees to receive:
• Free health screenings
• Tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
• Information about health insurance
• Information about social services & community resources

For more information, click on the flyer above or here. In addition, anyone interested in volunteering as an interpreter (Lao and/or Khmer) or any agencies/ organizations/ businesses that would like their brochures or information placed on the community resource table can contact Ammala Douangsavanh, Women’s Cancer Screening Program, at 401.277.3637, by email at adouangsavanh@wihri.org, or by mailing materials directly to her attention, 101 Dudley St., Providence, RI 02905.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Woodlawn Wellness Weekend 2010:
Health for the Whole Family
A Wellness Event & Health Fair

Saturday April 24th
11am-3pm
Woodlawn Community Development Corporation
210 West Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Hosted by The Woodlawn Minority Health Promotion Center, and funded by the RI Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, Woodlawn Wellness Weekend 2010 will showcase healthy choices for the whole family including; health screenings, zumba lessons, nutrition information for adults and children, yoga sessions, “Y on the Move,” information on family health care options, and various family fun activities.

Volunteers and donations are always needed. If you would like to set up an informational table or volunteer contact Marissa at 401-475-7632 or email marissa@woodlawncdc.org.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Health Care INSURANCE Reform and the Black Community
An Online Webinar Presented by The JD Project
“Committed to Assuring a Racially Diverse Legal Profession!”

Thursday, April 22, 2010
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Space is limited; Click here to register

Confused about the new health care insurance reform law ” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”? Wondering what the law really means for the African American Community. This session will review the law in a simple, straightforward manner focusing on the potential positive and negative impacts on the African American community.

For more information about the JD Project, visit http://thejdproject.org.

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April 15 – 16, 2010

Become a Certified Asthma Educator
The Asthma Educator Institute Prep Course
Presented by The American Lung Association,
New England

April 15-16, 2010
Mystic, CT

ATTENTION Physicians (MD, DO), Nurses (RN, LPN), Pharmacists (RPh), Social Workers (CSW): Help fill the gap in healthcare by becoming a Certified Asthma Educator. “There are only 39 Certified Asthma Educators for 110,448 Rhode Islanders with asthma,” and only two in RI who speak Spanish!

If you already work in health, become a Certified Asthma Educator. The National Asthma Education Certification Board (NAECB) Exam is scheduled in Rhode Island throughout the year; get ready for it by attending the American Lung Associaiton of New England’s Asthma Educator Institute prep course on April 15-16, 2010 in Mystic, CT. See the full announcement and list of eligible healthcare workers here, or contact the American Lung Association at 401.533.5176 or the RI Department of Health Asthma Program at 401.222.4040.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Webchat with the White House
What’s Your Health Reform Question?
A Live Q&A with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform &
Health & Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius

Thursday April 15 at 4:00 pm
Watch it live, online: Here or at http://www.hhs.gov/live
Send Questions, email: Healthreform@hhs.gov
Send Questions, twitter: @HHSGov

Today, Thursday April 15 at 4:00 pm (EDT), Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, will join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a Q&A about how the new law will increase your health security and what it means for you and your family. For example, 1) Have you been denied coverage because of a preexisting condition? Starting this year, you’ll have affordable health insurance options; 2) Do you have a child under age 26 who is uninsured? Learn how you can get affordable coverage for your kids; 3) Are you in the Medicare Part D doughnut hole? You may be eligible for a $250 rebate check this year.

The April 15 Question and Answer session is the third in an ongoing series of webchats where HHS officials and experts answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act. Click here to see an online/video archive of the first chat – on the impact of the new law on small businesses – and here for the second chat, which deals with how the reform will help seniors. For more resources from HHS, visit http://www.Healthreform.gov

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The 16th Annual Rhode Island Kids Count
Factbook Breakfast

Monday, April 12, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

***NEW LOCATION***
Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI

Registration at 7:30 a.m.

Every year, the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook, the organization’s primary publication, tracks the progress of 63 indicators, across five areas of child well-being. The Factbook contains information for all of RI’s 39 cities and towns as well as statewide data. Join KIDS COUNT to launch the 2010 edition on Monday, April 12. The event includes Keynote Remarks by Bruce Lesley, the President of First Focus.

For questions or to register, contact Wilsa Galarza at 401-351-9400, ext. 10. Click here to download the 2009 edition.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Urban Health Watch Film Event &
Community Health Discussion

at Live Empowered! Diabetes Awareness Day

Saturday, April 10, 2010
11:30 am – 2:30 am
The Urban League of Rhode Island
246 Prairie Ave.
Providence, RI 02905

Free and open to the public; free giveaways and refreshments

UrbanHealthWatch.net is hosting a special movie viewing and community health discussion on Saturday, April 10. The film and discussion will be part of the Live Empowered! Diabetes Awareness Day, happening from 10 AM – 3 PM at The Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Ave. Community members who come for the film will be encouraged to pursue screenings and consultations on-site from the experts who are part of the Diabetes Awareness Event. Those who attend for diabetes tests and information are encouraged to attend to learn additional strategies about staying healthy and to hear from another network of experts and providers.

The film will start at 11:30 AM, and this will be a chance to meet and greet with producers of Urban Health Watch and hear other pertinent news and updates on health care. There will also be free giveaways and healthy refreshments. For more information email urbanheatlthri@gmail.com, or call 401-497-5246.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Live Empowered!
Diabetes Awareness Day
Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association &
the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly Divine Health Ministry

Saturday, April 10, 2010
10 AM – 3 PM
The Urban League of Rhode Island
246 Prairie Ave.
Providence, RI 02905

10 – 12: Glucose Screenings
Register by April 3

A collaborative event, “Live Empowered” is an African American initiative to create increased awareness and education regarding the impact and seriousness of Diabetes for people of African descent. The event includes opportunities for diabetes education, free food, fun giveaways, and free glucose screenings. Presenters on April 10 include The Urban League of Rhode Island and Urban Health Watch; Diabetes Multicultural Coalition; Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Eleanor Borge, a Certified Aerobics Instructor, Glen Prescodd, MD, MPH; and Carrie Bridges from the RI Department of Health.

Click here or on the image above to download the flyer/registration form, which should be mailed or faxed back by Saturday, April 3. For more information, contact Debra Christal, Divine Health Ministry Coordinator, Cathedral of Life, PS_139@hotmail.com; or contact Albert Whitaker, Associate Director Community Initiatives, American Diabetes Association, 617-482-4580 ext. 3469 or by email at awhitaker@diabetes.org.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Know the Difference:
Hospice VS Pallative Care

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Landmark Medical Center,
Christiansen Conference Center
114 Cass Avenue
Woonsocket, RI

Refreshments will be provided; pre-registration required

RSVP at (401) 943-8888 Ext. 205 or (401) 440-2209

Learn more about how to care for and support people with “life-limiting” illnesses in ways that decrease pain and improve quality of life. The Woonsocket Cancer Control Task Force (WCCTF) members will present their Spring 2010 Workshop for Community Members and Professional on Tuesday April 6 and the topic is “Know the Difference between Hospice versus Pallitive Care.” The seminar includes an overview of palliative care/hospice, on recognizing the importance of having a hospice team to assist with end-of-life issues, and the difference between hospice, advance directives and palliative care.

Guest speakers are: Dr. Edward Martin, Medical Director of Home & Hospice Care of RI, Rev Jeffrey Thomas and Todd Ellison, CSW – Visiting Nurse Services of greater RI,. Joyce J. Dolbec, MA, Chair of WCCTF and YWCANRI and Ms. Gloria Isabel Hincapie, Dir. of Patient Services of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society RI Chapter. The WCCTF members collaborating on this event are: Rhode Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, YWCA Northern Rhode Island, Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center, Landmark Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Services of Greater Rhode Island and Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

For more information click on the flyer or here, or call Ms. Gloria Isabel Hincapie, Patient Services Dept. at (401) 943-8888 Ext. 205 or (401) 440-2209 for questions and to pre-register. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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April 9,10,16,17, 2010

Living Well Rhode Island:
The Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
LEADER TRAINING

April 9,10,16,17, 2010
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
at AARP
10 Orms St.
Providence, RI

Learn more about managing your own chronic disease (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) and about how to teach others! To see an enlarged version of the flyer click here. For registration and information, call Maria Matias at 401-222-7623. Four full days are required for those interested.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

NCQA Multicultural Health Care Standards
A Webinar Presented by Your Voice

Thursday, April 1, 2010
1:00PM – 2:15 PM
Online; Register here:

On March 29, 2010, The National Committee for Quality Assurance, which accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, released its long-awaited Multicultural Health Care Standards. The standards pertain to: 1) Data collection of race/ethnicity and language; 2) Language services such as translation of written documents and oral interpretation; 3) Practitioner cultural responsiveness; 4) Accountability and quality improvement, including using data to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS)

This Webinar will will go over what health care organizations are already doing, and what changes will be needed to meet the standards today and as they evolve. For more details about the webinar, visit http://www.diversityRxconference.org/Webinar6. To register for this free webinar, click here.

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April 2010


April is “Health Equity Awareness Month” and we are celebrating here on Urban Health Watch. Check out our “Community Datebook” below or click on the images above to see a calendar of activities published in the current edition of She Shines, a magazine published by YWCA Northern Rhode Island.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Emerging Trends and Challenges
Health Care Delivery for LGBT Patients

Part of the Disparities Solutions Center ‘Keeping Current Seminar of 2010’

Wednesday, March 31st
12:00-1:30 pm
Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey 10-660
J. Eric Doerr Conference Center (10th Floor)

This event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served to those who register;
Email DisparitiesSolutions@partners.org to RSVP.

Join the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) for their first Keeping Current Seminar of 2010, which will focus on emerging trends and challenges in health care delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) patients. The seminar will include presentations by representatives from Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Women’s Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Fenway Community Health Center, and a co-editor of The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health.

The session will include an overview of disparities in care, unique health needs, practical clinical recommendations to improve care delivery for LGBT patients, and a question and answer period for the audience. This event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served to those who register. To RSVP, email DisparitiesSolutions@partners.org. For more information about this event and past Keeping Current seminars, visit the DSC website by clicking here.

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Addressing Disparities through HIT:
Current Efforts and a Look towards the Future

Part of the Disparities Solutions Center Web Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
3:30 – 5 pm (EST)

In an effort to disseminate the latest information on disparities interventions, findings from important disparities research, and health policy updates regarding disparities reduction efforts, the Disparities Solutions Center will hold their first web seminar of 2010, the focus of which will be the use of Health Information Technology (HIT) to address disparities. The interactive web seminar is free and open to the public, and it will feature presentations by representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Institute for Family Health, and Population Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Plus, CME/CEU credits will be available.

**Pre-registration is required; to sign up, visit http://livewebcast.net/phs. To learn about other upcoming events from Disparities Solutions Center, click here.

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Tuesday March 30, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Cancer Across Cultures”

Presented by Derek Tessier, NP
Rhode Island Hospital

Tuesday March 30, 2010
12-1p.m.
Miriam Hospital
Sopkin Auditorium

Lunch will be provided and there is FREE visitor parking, in lot across the street from the main entrance to Miriam Hospital or through FREE valet service at the main entrance of the hospital. To confirm your attendance and for more information on how to become a Lifespan Community Health Advocate, contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org

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March 29 – May 13, 2010

Pre-CNA Training Begins
A literacy/healthcare program for those whose literacy &
occupational skills are not quite ready for CNA training.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 AM – 1 PM

Presented by the Governor’s Workforce Board (RI), Quality Partners of Rhode Island & The Longterm Care Industry

In 2008 the Governor’s Workforce Board-RI created Industry Partnerships to serve as liaison to nine high-growth industries – the biggest of which is healthcare. In its lead role, Quality Partners of Rhode Island with its many partners from long term care, education and labor has been able to respond to meet industry needs particularly in the areas of education and training. This is part of a series of workshops and initiatives in the program.

For more information the Pre-CNA class, call Rosa Brito or Kathy Kane Ray at 401-235-6068. For more information about the series, click here or contact Marguerite (Margie) McLaughlin at 401.528.3259 or email mmclaughlin@riqio.sdps.org.

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Tuesday March 23, 2010

Reading & Writing for Healthcare Advancement
A literacy/healthcare program for those with an interest in healthcare,
But whose literacy and occupational skills are not quite ready for work.

Presented by the Governor’s Workforce Board (RI), Quality Partners of Rhode Island &
The Longterm Care Industry

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Quality Partners of Rhode Island
235 Promenade Street Suite 500
Providence, RI 02908

In 2008 the Governor’s Workforce Board-RI created Industry Partnerships to serve as liaison to nine high-growth industries – the biggest of which is healthcare. In its lead role, Quality Partners of Rhode Island with its many partners from long term care, education and labor has been able to respond to meet industry needs particularly in the areas of education and training. This is the first in a series of workshops and initiatives in the program. For more information about the series, click here or contact Marguerite (Margie) McLaughlin at 401.528.3259 or email mmclaughlin@riqio.sdps.org.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

“For the Health of It”
Health Forum & Blood Drive

presented by Theta Psi Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Saturday, March 20, 2010
12:00pm – 2:30pm
PAIS High School
182 Thurbers Avenue
Providence RI

Join Theta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated alongside the Rhode Island Blood Center, US Census Bureau and Shape Up RI presents “For the Health of It” Health Forum & Blood Drive. Learn about health concerns and Save a Life at the same time! For more information visit http://www.akathetapsiomega.org.

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March 17 – 19, 2010

The 11th Annual New England Fathering Conference
For the first time in Rhode Island

March 17-19, 2010
The Newport Marriott,
25 America’s Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Learn more about how father involvement can make a difference at this yearly educational event by joining dads, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, program directors, elected officials, and family advocates. Plus, come early for the pre-conference institute on March 16th, 2010 at the 1st Native American Fatherhood Institute. For more information about the Fathering Conference, call or email the following: 401.458.4425 or 401.458.4429; kcaballeros@cse.state.ri.us or cwarren@cse.state.ri.us.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ensuring Cultural Competence Across Care Settings
A FREE Webinar

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHQR), Health Care Innovations Exchange program

Thursday, March 18, 2010
at 4:00 P.M.
Eastern Daylight Savings Time (US/Canada)

How can health care settings meet the pressing needs of diverse populations? Join our innovators as they discuss how cultural competency can be the foundation for effective innovations on childhood obesity, health care access, and other health care services. Learn about new approaches to culturally competent services, training, and staffing and how you can use them. Furthermore, the following innovation profiles will be featured:

1) Group-Based, Culturally Sensitive Weight-Loss Program for Families Leads to Improvements in Children’s Health-Related Behaviors and Declines in Body Mass Index

2) Bilingual, Culturally Competent Community Health Workers Increase Insurance Enrollment, Access to Care, and Self-Efficacy Among Low-Income Latinos

Click here to see more information about the presenters, and to register for the webinar. To learn more about AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange program visit http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

6th Annual RIPIN Partnerships Conference:
Best Practices for Children, Youth and Individuals
with Special Health Care Needs and their Families.

March 18, 2010
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI

Parent/Caregiver Scholarships Available; Free Parking
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 12, Noon

Does your child or family member have a special need? Do you have a disability? Do you work with special populations? If so, come and explore the options available in Rhode Island and learn the latest information at the 6th Annual RIPIN Partnerships Conference. This Conference brings together individuals, families and the professionals who support them each day alongside more than 50 Rhode Island agencies will be on hand to offer information and options for all ages – from infancy to post-high school.

Morning and afternoon workshops include a wide variety of topics such as Teens and Healthcare, Social Thinking, Early Intervention for Children under three, Special Needs Planning, Youth with Emotional and Mental Health Challenges, Preparing for an Emergency, and much more. Plus, CEUs are available for professionals in education or social work.

Click here to see more information on the conference, or here to sign up and register online. For more information about RIPIN, visit http://www.ripin.org or call 401.270.0101.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Celebrating Collaborations:
Improving Services for Rhode Island’s Refugees

A collaborative seminar to improve well-being of refugees

Wednesday, March 17
4:30 – 7:30pm
Rhode Island College
Donovan Dining Center
Faculty Room, Main Room

A recent study of Rhode Island’s Southeast Asian population has inspired a call-to-action for professionals interested in improving the well-being of all local refugees. One result is a collaborative seminar being organized to improve the well-being of refugees. The event, “Celebrating Collaborations: Improving Services for Rhode Island’s Refugees,” is the culmination of a focus group investigation sponsored by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians. The study, titled “Barriers to Healthcare Access in the Southeast Asian Community of Rhode Island,” was published in the September 2009 edition of Medicine and Health Rhode Island, and results from it focused on local Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong refugees, emphasizing a need for interdisciplinary collaborations between medical providers, social workers, and educators who work with the refugee community. Rhode Island has an active refugee resettlement program according to a 2009 report published by the Rhode Island Department of Health, which documented 133 refugees resettled to the state in 2008, the majority of which come from Africa or the Middle East.

Some of the items planned for the March 17 event include a keynote address from Dr. Peter Simon MD, from the Rhode Island Department of Health, and a number of presentations and interactive activities designed to engage participants to network and collaborate on common issues found in the local refugee community. For more information, click here to download and read the full press release or contact Ammala Douangsavanh at (401) 277-3637 or RefugeeSeminar@gmail.com.

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March 17 – 18, 2010

Transforming Health Coverage for Children and Families:
A Convening of Northeastern States

Presented by Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and
The New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH)

March 17-18, 2010
Westin Hotel
One West Exchange St.
Providence, RI

Transforming Health Coverage for Children and Families is one of a series of regional meetings that the Georgetown Center for Children and Families is running, and NEACH is pleased to co-sponsor the northeast gathering. The meetings are intended for consumer and provider groups working on health care issues affecting low-income children and families.

On the afternoon of March 17, there will be a communications training session, followed by a welcome reception in the evening. March 18 will consist of a full day of information sharing on the status of national health reform, options to advance coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), and new strategies for moving forward. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is REQUIRED.

To view the tentative meeting agenda click here or click here to register for the conference. For questions about accommodations or more information about the meeting, contact Maia Fedyszyn by calling 617-275-2871 or emailing mfedyszyn@communitycatalyst.org.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Best Practices for Working with Health Care Translation Providers
A FREE WEBINAR

Presented by Diversity Rx and the “Your Voice” Initiative

Thursday, March 11, 2010
1:00 – 2:15 PM
(ONLINE WEBINAR)

“Health care organizations are accustomed to providing interpreting services for spoken language encounters between patients and providers, but they often wrestle with ensuring that written documents are translated with the necessary levels of quality. In this 60-minute webinar (followed by a 15-minute interactive Q&A session), industry experts will share best practices for working with health care providers – both internal and external – to produce multilingual materials that accurately convey the information in the source document.” For more information about the webinar, or to register, click here.

‘Your Voice’ is an initiative designed under ‘Diversity Rx’ to help “people in the field of cross cultural health care network, collaborate, offer support, and learn from each other using Web 2.0 and virtual learning tools.” ‘Diversity Rx’ is produced by Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality and Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care (RCCHC), a group formed in 1995 “as a national alliance of individuals and organizations in ethnic communities and health care organized to offer information and technical assistance on linguistic and cultural competence in health care.”

For more information about Diversity Rx the Your Voice initiative, click here. Click here to learn more about Drexel University’s School of Public Health.

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Wednesday, March 10

National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Presented by Women Of Color Organization –
I Rise, You Rise, We RISE

A Rhode Island College Student-led Event

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Rhode Island College Student
Union Ballroom
600 Mount Pleasant
Providence, RI

Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and AIDS is now among the leading causes of death for Black women. Come join the Women of Color Organization (at RIC), to build awareness about HIV & AIDS because, a keynote speakers and Free AIDS Testing. Because “Its always good to know your status because in reality, you can not tell who is infected.” Refreshments will be provided to attendees. For questions or concerns please email WOC at womenofcolor2006@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Brown University’s Black Heritage Series presents
“An Evening with Former Surgeon General
Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD”

The 2010 Black Health Forum

Wednesday, March 10
7:00 PM
Brown University (main green)
Sayles Hall Auditorium

Brown’s Black Heritage Series presents the 2010 Black Health Forum: “An Evening with Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD.” Dr Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He is also the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Ebony Magazine.

During the March 10 event, Dr. Satcher will speak about modern disparities in the healthcare system, blacks in the fields of health and medicine today, and will also offer personal reflections on his career. The talk will be followed by a brief question and answer session, and it is free and open to the public. For more information, call 312-972-1532 or click here.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


A DISCUSSION ON SOFT DRINK TAXES AND
HOW THEY CAN ADDRESS OBESITY

A Webinar hosted by the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
And a corresponding discussion convening in RI

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Room 302
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Join Rudd Center Director, Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, for a discussion on soft drink taxes and how they can address obesity. In addition to updates on the latest developments in state and local policies since our July 2009 webinar, Dr. Brownell will offer an overview of the rationale, relevant science, and economic and policy considerations of soft drink taxes. The webinar will be listen-only, but participants will have the opportunity to type questions in real time.

Two options for listening in: using voiceover IP (VoIP) through your computer (which incurs no additional cost and requires speakers or headphones on your computer; a microphone is not needed) or using your phone to dial into the webinar according to the confirmation email instructions (and will incur a cost to you based on your regular long distance rate).

To RSVP to the RI convening and discussion of the “webinar on soft drink taxes,” email lisa.hawthorne@health.ri.gov. To register to independently listen and participate, click here. For more on the Yale Rudd Center for Policy and Obesity, visit http://www.yaleruddcenter.org.

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Monday, March 8 & Monday, March 15

CAN WE TALK?
A free program for parents and guardians of youth ages 8 to 14.

Monday, March 8 and Monday, March 15
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Chaplin Perez Community Center
37 Center Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Attendance at both sessions is REQUIRED
All parent/guardians who attend will receive a $25 gift certificate to Stop & Shop.

Talking to your children as they get older, especially about tough stuff, can sometimes occur as impossible. “Can We Talk?” is a free workshop offered to parents and guardians of youth ages 8 to 14. It is designed to help parents/guardians start discussions with their children about the subjects covered in the course, including 1) bullying, harassment & violence; 2) self-esteem & emotional health; 3) internet safety & mixed messages; 4) alcohol, tobacco & drugs; 5) puberty, sexuality & health; and 6) pressures, stress & success. All parents are welcome; to reserve a seat at the workshops, please call Stephanie Marro at 401-455-3890, extension 252.

Can We Talk? RI is a project of Capital City Community Centers that is funded by the RI Department of Health, Office of HIV/AIDS & Viral Hepatitis. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.canwetalkri.org.

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March 4 – 6, 2010

NABJ Conference on Health Disparities
Policies, Politics and Practice:
Covering Health, Health Disparities & Health Care Reform

March 4-6, 2010
Kaiser Family Foundation,
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 2005

Organized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and co-sponsored by Kaiser Family Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company and American Cancer Society, the goal of this annual conference is to provide print, broadcast and online journalists the tools to effectively report on the impact of health care reform and health policy on underserved communities. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower readers and viewers to action in their lives. Early registration rates are available for members and nonmembers before February 25, and exhibitor rates are also available. Click here for more information.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Free Health Fair in Pawtucket, RI

Saturday, March 6, 2010
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Pawtucket YMCA
20 Summer St
Pawtucket RI 02860

Join the Pawtucket YMCA for a community health fair, featuring

– Free Information About: 1) STDs; 2) Family Planning; 3) Nutrition; 4) Mental Health Care and 5) Medication

– Free Services Offered For or Pertaining to: 1) Cholesterol Screenings; 2) Diabetes screening; 3) HIV testing; 4) Blood Pressure; 5) Eye exams; 6) How to Quit Smoking; 6) Asthma Control; 7) Ask a Doctor

Plus, FREE FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC & PARKING! Click here to download a flyer that guarantees you FREE use of the YMCA facilities for the day, including the gym, swimming pool and fitness classes if brought with an ID. For more information, call (401) 727-7900, para Espanol and English.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

RI HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING PARTNERSHIP (HPRP)
Information Session

Wednesday, March 3, 2010,
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Casey Family Services
1268 Eddy Street,
Providence, RI 02905

ATTENTION Case workers, program coordinators, and other shelter, food pantry, soup kitchen, and social service personnel: The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, also known as HPRP, is a program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides assistance to households to help prevent and reduce homelessness. In Rhode Island, HPRP Provides temporary financial assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services to individuals and families who are homeless or would be homeless but for this assistance.

Learn more about 1) Client Eligibility Requirements for HPRP; 2) How and Where to Make Referrals to HPRP; and 3) Opportunities to Partner with HPRP Providers on Wednesday, March 3. RSVP’s are NOT required, but for more information, contact Caitlin Frumerie at 401-222-5778 or cfrumerie@doa.ri.gov.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scheduled for Hearing or Consideration:
THE (RI) HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

H7510: An act that would require all chain food service establishments to provide nutritional/calorie labeling information for all standard menu items.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
4:30 p.m, at the Rise of the House
The Rhode Island State House – Room 135
90 Smith Street
Providence, RI

Be there on Wednesday, March 3 to hear more about and begin actions around “the general assembly’s intent to require chain food service establishments to provide nutrition information for all standard menu items listed on the menu, including the total number of calories per serving, as usually prepared and offered for sale.” To read more language from the bill, click here. To a read a fact sheet on the topic, part of “State-Level Policy Actions to Reduce Obesity in Rhode Island,” click here.

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March 2, 2010

The Rhode Island Department of Health and
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT present

Maternal and Child Health 2010
Community Input Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
8 am to 12 noon
Providence Marriott
One Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

Light breakfast provided
Register by February 26

The Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT are hosting a Title V Maternal and Child Health 2010 Community Input Meeting on March 2, 2010. Title V is a critical funding source for state-directed federal funds to support maternal and child health. Join us as we review key indicators of child and maternal health, suggest priorities for maternal and child health initiatives, and inform a better system of care for maternal and child health. Please fax or email your registration information to: (f) 401.222.1442; or (e) Lisa.Raleigh@health.ri.gov by February 26, 2010. If accommodations are needed, please contact Rosemary Reilly-Chammat at 401.222.5922 or via RI Relay at 711 also no later than February 26, 2010. Click here to see more information and to download the registration form.

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February 22-24, 2010

Lactose Intolerance and Health
A Consensus Development Conference
Presented by The National Institutes of Health

Monday, February 22 through
Wednesday, February 24

National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Free and open to the public
Live video streaming online

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Most affected individuals, referred to as lactase nonpersisters, in the United States belong to minority groups, especially Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Healthcare providers are concerned that many lactose-intolerant individuals are avoiding dairy products, which constitute a readily accessible source of calcium and are fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients. Therefore, these individuals may not be meeting recommended intakes of these essential nutrients. To examine these and other important issues, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health will convene a Consensus Development Conference from February 22 to 24, 2010 to assess available scientific evidence.

The hours of the conference are:
– Monday, Feb 22, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Plus, there will be live video of the conference streaming online or archived video a week later, all of which can be accessed here, through their webcast. To learn more about the conference, the various agencies and sponsors coordinating it, and other online resources related to the topic and event, click here. To register for a post-conference teleconference briefing, click here.

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Tuesday February 23, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Rhode Island Policies to Reduce Health Disparities”

Presented by Carrie Bridges, MPH,
RI Department of Health

Tuesday February 23, 2010
12-1p.m.
Miriam Hospital
Sopkin Auditorium

Lunch will be provided and there is FREE visitor parking, in lot across the street from the main entrance to Miriam Hospital or through FREE valet service at the main entrance of the hospital. To confirm your attendance and for more information on how to become a Lifespan Community Health Advocate, contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org

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Friday, February 12, 2010


RI Department of Health invites you to:
The Minority Health Advisory Committee

Annual Meeting

Friday, February 12, 2010
9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Rhode Island Department of Administration
Conference Room A
One Capitol Hill,
Providence, RI 02908

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Friday, January 15, 2010


The Eat Smart, Move More Annual Summit

Presented by The Rhode Island Department of Health
Initiative for a Healthy Weight

Friday, January 15, 2010
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Westin Providence

One West Exchange Street,
Providence, RI
Buffet breakfast served
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The event includes a Keynote Presentation on “The Role of the Environment in Obesity Prevention” by Mark Fenton, an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University, and “a leading authority on the need for community, environmental, and public policy initiatives to encourage more walking and bicycling.” Additional addresses are to be delivered by Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, MA; Dr. Brian Elbel of New York University; Dr. Sara Benjamin of Duke University in North Carolina; and Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. David Gifford.

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Hawthorne by phone or email: 401-222-1383, lisa.hawthorne@health.ri.gov.

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Thursday, January 28 – Saturday, January 30, 2010

Families USA invites you to learn more about health legislation, field strategies for moving reform initiatives forward, and trends for the upcoming year. For more info on the Health Action 2010 conference, click on the flyer or visit http://www.familiesusa.org/conference

Health Action 2010: “a conference for consumer health advocates.”
January 28-30, 2010,
The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC.

Health Action 2010 begins with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, January 27, from 7-10pm. The conference officially opens on Thursday, January 28, at 9am and ends on Saturday, January 30, at 2:30pm. Registration is $445, and the fee includes three continental breakfasts, 3 lunches, afternoon snacks, music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, a thumb drive chock full of resources, and a great meeting of like-minded people, working for justice and health care for all.

The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Those looking to share the cost of a hotel room with a roommate can indicate it during registration or by emailing rwise@familiesusa.org.

For more information, visit www.familiesusa.org/conference or contact Families USA: 1201 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-628-3030, field@familiesusa.org. To see details about last year’s conference, click here.

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October 27, 2009 – October 30, 2009

RHODE ISLAND – Interested in being part of a 35,000-strong network of people who have lost “thousands of pounds” and walked “millions of miles?” Do you want to learn more about how you and your company or organization can get active, lose weight and save money with team-based wellness? If you said yes or even contemplated the two questions, then you should consider attending a Shape Up RI Information Session.

Shape Up RI is a statewide exercise and weight loss program that annually recruits teams and peer groups to pursue healthy lifestyles through increased physical activity and better nutrition. Participants compete on teams and track their weight, exercise hours, and/or pedometer steps over a twelve-week period in a Spring Challenge or in the summer during an eight-week period. Along the way, they also receive access to yoga, rock climbing, spinning, kickboxing, nutrition seminars, cooking classes and other free events. Learn more at a Shape Up RI Information Session.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Tuesday, October 27th
2:00pm- 3:00pm
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick, RI

Thursday, October 29th
11:00am- 12:00pm
Cumberland Public Library
1464 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, RI

Thursday, October 29th
2:00pm- 3:00pm
Rogers Free Library
525 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

Friday, October 30th
11:00am- 12:00pm
Shape Up RI
150 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI

Click here to read the Urban Health Watch article about Shape Up RI or visit http://www.shapeupri.org for more information. To sign up for a session, call (401) 421-0608 or email info@shapeupri.org.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Destiny House, Inc. Presents:
A Community Forum on Family Violence in Communities of Color

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
6:00 to 8:00 PM

The Davey Lopes Recreceation Center
227 Dudley St.
Providence, RI 02907

The event includes a panel discussion, poetry readings, and time for attendees to sign and participate in a community contract to end family violence in communities of color. For more information about the forum and Destiny House, call 401-270-5320, visit http://www.destinyhouse.com, or read the article, “Information, Action and a Word from Destiny House: Domestic Violence Awareness Month on UrbanHealthWatch.net.”

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NERMHC 2

October 14-16, 2009:

The New England Regional Minority Health Conference

RHODE ISLAND – The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Office of Minority Health invites healthcare providers, organizational partners and community members to attend the sixth annual New England Regional Minority Health Conference, scheduled for October 14 – 16 in Providence. The theme of this year’s conference is From Disparities to Equity: The Power to Make Change. This event will provide an opportunity to share proven regional and national strategies that effectively work to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. For more information or to register, visit http://www.nerhmc.com.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Miriam Hospital announces its Women’s Wellness Workshop 2009
Featuring a special keynote address on “food as medicine”

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Miriam Hospital will hold its 18th annual Women’s Wellness Workshop – a daylong event designed to empower women with the information they need to stay healthy. The keynote address at the workshop will be on “food as medicine”

The day begins with a keynote presentation led by Mary Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN, chief research dietitian at The Miriam Hospital, who will present “Food as Medicine: Eating Your Way to a Healthier You.” Dr. Flynn will discuss which foods can help decrease one’s risk of chronic diseases and which foods can contribute to an increase risk of disease. She will also discuss the plant-based olive oil diet that she has been studying, which is composed primarily of foods that will improve health and could be used for long-term weight management.

Nationally recognized experts will also lead morning and afternoon workshops on a variety of topics, ranging from “Weighing the Options to a Healthier You” to “The Perfect Bra Fit” to “Treating and Beating Heart Disease.” At lunchtime, Dr. Flynn will team up with Chef Frank Terranova, a locally renowned chef, teacher, and television personality, for a healthy cooking demonstration.

The event happens on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. The registration fee is $30 per person ($35 after September 9), and it covers lunch and a light breakfast. For additional information and to register, please call 401-444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230 or visit http://www.miriamhospital.org.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announces its First:

Women on the Move Luncheon
An Afternoon to Be Inspired

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Providence Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance St. Providence, RI

The event will feature two speakers: 1) Wendy Booker, a woman who has climbed Mount Everest, and who is determined to be the first person living with MS to climb the seven highest peaks on each continent; and 2) Kristie Salerno Kent, a talented who travels the country entertaining and inspiring who was diagnosed with MS just after college.

Individual tickets are 50.00 per person, and tables of 10 can be reserved as well. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase their tickets by Friday September 18, 2009. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/rir or call the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 401.738.8383, option 2.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cancer Awareness Family Day
Presented by The Latino Cancer Control Task Force in association with CHISPA, Lifespan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

At CHisPA
421 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI, 02907


(Click on the photos to see larger versions of the flyer in English or Spanish)

The event includes:
– Free Prostate Cancer screenings for men who are 35 years of age or older; registration required .
– Free Skin Cancer screenings.
– Referrals for Free Mammograms and Pap Smears for women who are 40 years of age or older.
– Lots of information on how to prevent cancer.

For men who want to register for a Prostate Cancer Screening, or for more information – in English or en espanol – contact CHisPA (The Center for Hispanic Advocacy and Policy) at 401-467-0111 or call Lifespan Health Connection at 401-444-4800.

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September 21 – 26, 2009

Just Say Yes: Receive a Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services, American Cancer Society, and The Comprehensive Cancer Center because 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, but your chances of survival increase greatly with early diagnosis and treatment.

Requirements to participate include:

– You must be 40 to 75 years old
– You must be 35 to 75 years old if you are African American, Hispanic or have a family history
of prostate cancer
– You must not have been tested in the past 12 months
– You must not be under the care of a urologist
– And you must schedule an appointment

To see if you meet free screening requirements and to schedule your appointment, contact the Lifespan Health Connection at 401-444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230. For more on Lifespan’s cancer services visit cancer.lifespan.org.


(Click on the flyer to see a larger version of the flyer, and to the right to see it in Spanish.)

Participating sites and dates:

Rhode Island Hospital
The Comprehensive Cancer Center
1st Floor • Providence, RI
Monday, September 21 • 6 –7 p.m.

Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA)
421 Elmwood Avenue • Providence, RI
Tuesday, September 22 • 6 –7 p.m.

International Institute
645 Elmwood Avenue • Providence, RI
Wednesday, September 23 • 6 –7 p.m.

The Miriam Hospital
Fain Health Centers, 2nd Floor • Providence, RI
Thursday, September 24 • 6 –7 p.m.

Newport Hospital
Vanderbilt Outpatient Department
Powel Street Entrance • Newport, RI
Saturday, September 26 • 8 a.m. –noon

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Evolution of Addiction, Treatment and Recovery for Women

Friday, September 18, 2009
8am –4pm

Doubletree Hotel
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA

Presented by Spectrum Health Systems.

Registration for the event costs $40.00, and it covers breakfast, lunch, certificate and workshop materials. For more information or to register, contact Linda Eurenius at Spectrum Health Systems by calling 508-792-5400 x7119.

Presentations and workshops include:

– One Woman’s Story: from Victim to Survivor
– A Physician’s Perspective on the Evolution of Addiction, Treatment & Recovery for Women
– Addressing Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence in Recovery: Women’s Health and Empowerment Issues
– College Women’s Ways of High Risk Drinking
– Yoga and 12-step Recovery

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

PawSox and Prostates is Back in 09

Join the Rhode Island Cancer Council for their 8th Annual Night at the Pawsox.

5:30 PM, Rain or Shine
McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket
Free and fun for men 40 years and older

The event includes:
– 2 free tickets to the September 2nd PawSox vs Rochester game
– Free BBQ dinner under the green tent for ticket-holders.
– Free blood test for those men who want one, provided by Memorial Hospital of RI
– Free information about prostate cancer by local doctors
– A chance to talk to a physician to see if screening is right for you.
– All this and more if the game is rained out.

Register right away by emailing tel@ricancercouncil.org or by calling 401-728-4800 or 1-866-879-4100. Two free PawSox tickets are available for men 40 and older, but on a first come, first served basis.

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August 20 and August 27

Casey Family Services Presents:
The 11th Annual Parenting the Challenging Child Summer Symposium:

Thursday, August 20 AND Thursday, August 27
6 pm – 9 pm

Casey Family Services
1268 Eddy St.
Providence, RI.

Both workshops are free, 3 CEUs for social work are available, and light dinner starts at 5:30. However, space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information or to register, email or call Raquel Cirino at Casey Family Services: rcirino@caseyfamilyservices.org or 401-781-3669.
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MORE INFORMATION

Section I: Psychotropic Medications in Children
Trainer: Jim Greer, M.D.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
6pm-9pm

Dr. Jim Greer, a Board Certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with over twenty-seven years of experience working with vulnerable children and families will present an overview of current psychotropic medications used with children, their indications for use, as well as the risks and potential side affects associated with use.

Section II: Children Who Act Out Their Pain: Sexual Behavior Problems
Trainer: Lynn Sanford, LICSW
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
6pm-9pm

Lynn Sanford will be presenting on children who act out sexually can present a challenging and complex diagnostic picture. This workshop will present a continuum of sexual problematic behavior problems in children and contrast categories of sexual behavior problems to what would be developmentally usual and expected. Implications for placement and treatment planning will be discussed for impulsive, attachment disordered, neurologically-based, compulsive and exploitive sexual behaviors. We will focus on children in alternative care such as foster care, special school settings, residential treatment centers and inpatient hospitals. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their clinical practice.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Together We Learn, Together We Heal

In Honor of the 20th Annual Recovery Month, The Rhode Island Recovery Month Coalition and the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals present

A Gateway to Recovery Celebration

Saturday, August 22, 2009
4:00 – 7:00 PM
The Corner of Canal St. & R.W. Memorial National Park
Providence, RI

With a new location, and on the same date as a Providence Waterfire night, the event includes:

– live music
– info. tables
– guest speakers
– a recovery quilt
– food
– face painting
– giveaways
– a children’s craft table
– a reptile show

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