Education

New England dairy farmers provided $85,000 in grants to support school breakfast in the 2017-2018 school year

Student breakfast participation linked to improved behavior and academic performance. *Boston, MA (March 4, 2019)—* During the 2017-2018 school year, dairy farmers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont provided a little over $85,000 in funding to eligible schools who also participate in the National School Meals program to implement or enhance their breakfast programs. Schools used the funds to purchase equipment such as mobile breakfast carts, refrigerators, insulated cooler bags, smoothie machines, and more to increase access and offerings for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of…
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The Miriam Hospital named among IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals

PROVIDENCE, -- The Miriam Hospital has been named among the Top 100 hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health. The annual report “spotlights the best–performing hospitals in the based on a balanced scorecard using publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics.” Divided into four categories, the list grouped The Miriam, a major affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as among the top 25 “major teaching hospitals” in the nation. “While our top priority is to always deliver the best care possible to our patients -- not to seek honors – I am…
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Health

Lifespan Board of Directors elects two new members

PROVIDENCE, – The Lifespan Board of Directors recently elected two new members – Ziya L. Gokaslan, , FACS and Sarah T. “Sally” Dowling, , The volunteer board, which includes clinical, business and community leaders, oversees the leading health care system and largest employer in the state, guided by its mission: Delivering health with care. Gokaslan, Ziya MD Gokaslan is the neurosurgeon-in-chief at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, co-director of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute and director of the Comprehensive Spine Center. He is also director of the Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown…
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Delta Dental of Rhode Island CEO to retire, successor announced

PROVIDENCE, , March 4, 2019 — Joseph A. Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island, has announced that he will retire as of July 1, 2019 after successfully leading the state’s largest dental insurer for 27 years. “I am privileged to have been at the helm of Rhode Island’s leading dental benefits provider during a time of unprecedented growth, financial success and strategic diversification. During this time, Delta Dental’s membership more than tripled, annual revenues surpassed $270 million and financial reserves increased more than seven fold to $137 million. However, I am most proud of our commitment to philanthropy, having contributed more than $10 million to…
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Rhode Island Closer to Making History on Reproductive Rights

Providence, RI - Statement by the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom on the Sub-A of House Bill 5125 -- The Reproductive Privacy Act: The Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (The Coalition) is proud to support the Sub-A of House Bill 5125 -- The Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA). The Coalition thanks Chairwoman Anastasia Williams and the co-sponsors of this bill for their hard work and dedication. This bill both addresses concerns that have been raised regarding the original version of H 5125, and achieves the goal of protecting access to safe, legal abortion in Rhode Island no matter what…
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Terror Attacks on Ebola Centers Raise Fears of Contagion in DRC

VOA News/Marissa Melton The charity Doctors Without Borders has suspended its Ebola virus-fighting operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after attacks on two of its treatment centers this week, raising the risk that Ebola infections in the area will increase. The World Health Organization has called the Feb. 24 attack in Katwa and the Feb. 27 attack in Butembo “deplorable.” In Butembo, where the center housed 12 confirmed Ebola patients and 38 with suspected Ebola, four patients with the highly contagious virus fled for their lives. One is still missing. The attackers set fire to the treatment centers and…
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Lt. Gov. McKee Unveils Updated State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s, Rallies General Assembly Support

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Lt. Governor Daniel McKee today unveiled an update to Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders featuring a new, bold set of recommendations for improving supports and services for Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Lt. Governor was joined by Representative Mia Ackerman (D-Cumberland, Lincoln) and Senator Cynthia Coyne (D-Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) who announced resolutions to endorse the Plan update as Rhode Island’s blueprint for addressing the growing Alzheimer’s crisis. Lt. Governor McKee, who serves as Chair of Rhode Island’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, embarked on the effort to update…
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From Smarter Energy to Less Plastic, Caribbean Resorts Go Green

VOA NEWS/REUTERS ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO — At home in the United States, Kerrie Springer takes pride in being environmentally conscious. So when she booked a week's getaway at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort in Aruba, she choose the "green stay" option, agreeing to reuse her sheets and towels rather than have them changed each day. "You don't do that at home, so why do it at a resort?" asked Springer, who visited the resort with her husband. "Water in the Caribbean is precious, so why use it if you do not have to?" Environmentally friendly tourism options --…
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China Faces Challenges in Containing Swine Flu Infection

VOA News/Joyce Huang The Year of the Pig is getting off to a rough start in China as the world's largest consumer of pork and home to half the world's pigs struggles to contain the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Recent incidents, where traces of the virus were found in samples of frozen pork dumplings, suggest the outbreak is more widespread than has been reported, analysts said. They add that the disease could have devastating socioeconomic consequences for both Chinese consumers and the global pig industry. Latest outbreaks Over the weekend, food safety regulators in southern Hunan…
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Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

VOA News/Masood Farivar For nearly two decades, Vancouver, the epicenter of Canada's increasingly deadly drug epidemic, has embraced an initiative that was once dismissed as a reckless experiment but has since won over some of its fiercest critics: a walk-in facility where addicts can inject heroin under the watch of medical professionals. Allowed as an exemption under Canada's drug laws, Insite operates out of a storefront in the drug- and crime-ridden neighborhood of Downtown Eastside. Inside is a quiet, spacious "injection room" with 12 booths where addicts can shoot up their own drugs using freely supplied clean needles and tourniquets. Nurses keep…
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