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USDA Official Visit Rhode Island to See Nutrition Programs Helping Families

  PROVIDENCE, RI - Kevin Concannon, the undersecretary for the USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services  visited the cities of Central Falls and Providence to see WIC and school meals program operations. He also met with state officials, local staffs, families and students. WIC, celebrating its 40th year, serves more than half of all babies born in the providing nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and medical referrals. Providence is one of two districts in the state that elected to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option allowing schools with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all…
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Rhode Island Foundation awards $2.7 million in grants to improve health care statewide

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Foundation today announced that it has awarded $ million in grants from its Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island (FFHRI) to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Rhode Island.  "Quality, affordable primary care is one of our priorities. Our goal is to test models that have the potential to be scaled up. By encouraging imaginative thinking around delivery and administration, we can ensure Rhode Islanders will continue to have access to the health care they need," said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation's president and CEO. Sharing $ million in grants were five…
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Raimondo’s Healthcare Innovation Group Recommends Creation of Dedicated Health Policy Office

PROVIDENCE, – While the Affordable Care Act has helped cut Rhode Island’s uninsured rate in half, rising healthcare costs remain a concern for Rhode Island families, businesses, taxpayers and healthcare providers. Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Working Group for Healthcare Innovation presented its recommendations today to improve the state’s healthcare system, support better health outcomes, lower costs and provide businesses with more predictability. The group is calling for the creation of an Office of Health Policy to better coordinate health policy decisions that affect all Rhode Islanders. The group also provided the framework for Rhode Island to establish a global healthcare…
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