UHW Radio, Episode 1


(Above, Oluwaseun Animashaun from the youth development organization, Youth in Action, speaks before an audience at the The 16th Annual Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Breakfast, which was held on April 12, 2010. On Episode 1 of Urban Health Watch Radio, Rhode Island Kids Count Policy Analyst, Jill Beckwith, discusses the Factbook and policy-changes that provide families and children with access to health insurance and care.)

(90.3 FM, or streaming live online at www.wriu.org)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 2, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, July 6, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 9, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, July 13, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 16, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

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Milagros Colon, Thundermist Health Center
Sujenny Tiburcio, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Seth Asser, MD, Rhode Island Department of Health
Jill K. Beckwith, MPH, Rhode Island Kids Count

On Episode One, we speak to a roundtable of health advocates and experts about issues of affordable health care and access for all Rhode Islanders. We’ll talk about the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and self-employed workers and to families and residents who are uninsured, under insured or earning lower incomes. We’ll also talk about services that hospitals and health centers offer by choice and the ones they’re now required to offer by law. Episode one’s experts will help us understand why insurance or access to regular care is important to children and families and they’ll review policy changes and updates to make sure everyone is informed about all their health insurance and access options.

Thundermist Health Centershttp://www.thundermisthealth.org, 401-783-0523 (for South County Office), 401-615-2800 (West Warwick Office)

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Islandhttp://www.nhpri.org, 1-800-459-6019

Rhode Island Department of Healthhttp://www.health.ri.gov, 401-222-5960 (HEALTH Help Line)

Rhode Island Kids Counthttp://www.rikidscount.org, 401-351-9400

Charity Care – The provision of necessary health care at no charge or at a reduced charge to those who meet the financial need requirements. Charity care is generally for people who do not have other financial resources available, such as insurance, government programs, or regular income; it’s often referred to as “community free care.” To learn about it in RI call the RI Department of Health Information line at 401- 222-5960.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) – Also known as the poverty threshold or poverty line, is the minimum level of income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate standard of living in a given country. FPL is used by state and federal agencies to determine eligibility for public benefits, including RIte Care, SNAP (Food Stamps), Rhode Island Works (cash assistance), and child care subsidies.

Hospital – A hospital, in the modern sense of the word, is an institution for health care providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment, and often, but not always providing for longer-term patient stays.

Community Health Centers – Community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care, including but not limited to low income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farm workers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing. Rhode Island’s community health centers provide comprehensive preventive and primary care services, including dental services, to over 120,000 Rhode Islanders across the state.

Financial Aid Resource Officer – Provides information to patients regarding a hospital’s financial aid program requirements and procedures.

Family Resource Counselor (FRC) – Provides free and confidential RIte Care application assistance at community health centers, hospitals and community organizations throughout Rhode Island. To find an FRC near you, call 401-247-1771 x217 or the Department of Health and Human Services RIte Care Info Line at 401-462-5300 (toll-free).

RIte Care – Rhode Island’s Medicaid managed care health insurance program that provides comprehensive health coverage to pregnant women, children up to age 19, and adults who meet certain income and residency/immigration status guidelines. For more information, call the DHS RIte Care Info Line at 401-462-5300 (toll-free).

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP, formerly known as SCHIP) – a federal program designed (and reauthorized in 2009) to enable states to expand health insurance to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, yet not enough to afford private insurance.

Preexisting Conditions – a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan.

RIte Share – RIte Share is a program that helps families get health insurance coverage through their employer (or spouse’s employer). If a family qualifies, RIte Share will pay for all or part of the employee’s share of the health insurance premium. RIte Share also pays for co-payments in the employer’s health insurance plan.

Factbook – The annual and primary publication of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, an organization whose mission is to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children. The Factbook tracks the progress of 67 indicators, across five areas of child well-being.

211 – Dialing the phone number 2 1 1 gives callers access to resources across the RI community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it’s the caller that needs to get help or a family member or friend, someone at 2-1-1 connects callers to the services or information s/he needs – confidentially, free, and “in your language.”

Providence, Rhode Island-based blog, Urban Health Watch (UrbanHealthWatch.net), and Southern RI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) have united to launch Urban Health Watch Radio, a public awareness campaign and radio program on 90.3 FM, WRIU – a broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island and a station that can be heard throughout Southern Rhode Island as well as other areas of the state; parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island, NY; and worldwide or from anywhere via an Internet webcast. The goal of Urban Health Watch Radio is to provide actionable steps that people can use everyday by extending health education into the community and delivering culturally appropriate messages about public health.

UrbanHealthWatch.net is managed by the Urban League of RI, an affiliate of the National Urban League, and funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Urban Health Watch Radio is made possible by a grant from Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization striving to, among other goals, increase the interaction of health professionals with communities in southern Rhode Island.

For more information, click here to keep reading the press release, or contact Urban Health Watch Editor and Radio Producer, Reza Corinne Clifton, at urbanhealthri@gmail.com or by phone at 401-497-5246.


2 responses to “UHW Radio, Episode 1

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