Health

Climb for Albinism: 6 Women Challenge Stereotypes on Africa’s Highest Peak

VOA news/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — Six African women with albinism, a condition that affects the pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes, set out to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro earlier this month in a bid to raise the visibility of people living with the climbers have all suffered abuse and discrimination, and in one case horrific violence because of their condition. They hope to challenge widely held stereotypes by scaling Africa’s highest peak and titled their summit attempt simply Climb for Albinism. At 5,895 meters tall, Kilimanjaro is no easy feat for any climber. For those with albinism it is an exceptional…
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Education

CCRI trains pharmacy technicians for CVS Health

Warwick, – Oct. 11, 2018:The Community College of Rhode Island is partnering with CVS Health, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future to train students hoping to enter the pharmacy field as technicians. The Pharmacy Technician II training program introduces students to various pharmacy settings and covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions and daily pharmacy operations. Studentsin the program learn to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations, complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment, and gain on-the-job instruction through an externship. This class also prepares students to take the national Pharmacy Technician…
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American Academy of Family Physicians Adopts New Position of “Engaged Neutrality” on Medical Aid in Dying

Resolution by AMA’s 2nd largest component society Urges AMA to Drop Opposition to End-of-Life Care Option (New Orleans – Oct. 10, 2018) The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), broke ranks with the American Medical Association (AMA) today, by adopting a new position of “engaged neutrality” on the issue of medical aid in dying.   Since the new position by AAFP, the second largest component society of the AMA with more than 131,400 members, is at odds with the 1993 AMA Code of Medical Ethics Opinion  opposing “assisted suicide,” the resolution required a two-thirds supermajority vote to approve it. AAFP delegates approved the resolution,…
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Community

Mayor James A. Diossa Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of the 10- Minute Walk Campaign by Participating in National “Walk to a Park Day”

CENTRAL FALLS, RI– Mayor James A. Diossa joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute on Oct. 10 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 10 Minute Walk Campaign and highlight the importance of parks and public green spaces to quality of life in Central Falls. To celebrate, Mayor Diossa joined the first national “Walk to a Park Day” by walking to Jenks Park. Mayor Diossa partnered with more than 200 mayors across the country to support the ambitious goal that everyone in the country, and all residents of Central Falls, should live within a 10-minute walk (or…
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Featured

CVS Health Acquisition of Aetna Moving Forward on Agreement with U.S. Department of Justice

Transaction on track to close in early part of Q4 2018 WOONSOCKET, , Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that allows it to proceed with its proposed acquisition of Aetna (NYSE: AET). DOJ clearance is a key milestone toward finalizing the transaction, which is also subject to state regulatory approvals, many of which have been granted. CVS Health's acquisition of Aetna remains on track to close in the early part of Q4 2018. "DOJ clearance is an important step toward bringing together the strengths…
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Health

Six Red Cross Volunteers Deploying in Preparation for Hurricane Michael

FARMINGTON, Conn.,(October 9, 2018) – Six American Red Cross volunteers from the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region are deploying to support Red Cross relief efforts as tens of thousands of people are in the path of Hurricane Michael. NAME                                   HOMETOWN              LOCATION           FUNCTION Joe Apicelli                          Groton, CT                  Tallahassee, FL      Feeding Laura Callahan           …
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Featured

Hunger Elimination Task Force releases recommendations to tackle food insecurity in RI

Central Falls, – On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Rhode Island Hunger Elimination Task Force released recommendations to help increase access to safe and healthy food for all Rhode Islanders. “Governor Raimondo is focused on building a food system that supports all Rhode Island families, communities and businesses,” said Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island’ s Director of Food Strategy. “In creating – and now implementing – the State’s first food strategy, we recognized that a thriving food system was not one in which Rhode Islanders went to bed hungry at night. We have been laser-focused on identifying the root causes of food insecurity…
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Health

Reed Votes to Advance Opioid Legislation

Measure to help RI effectively combat opioid crisis now headed to President’s desk WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to address the opioid crisis, the Senate today voted 98-1 to approve a broad, bipartisan package of opioid legislation.  Known as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, the bill, which is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law, will help states and communities treat addiction, collect data, battle illegal substances, and develop improved strategies for combating substance abuse. Senator Jack Reed, a key backer of several measures…
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Education

Groden Center School Staff May Strike Tuesday for Safer Classrooms

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Educators at the Groden Center schools in Providence and Coventry announce plans to strike for three days beginning on Tuesday to demand safer classrooms for their students and living wages for staff, and in protest of management’s Unfair Labor Practices, if no tentative agreement is reached prior to the strike deadline. “We love our students and don’t want to be on strike again,” said Samantha Lozeau, a Behavior Specialist at Groden South School in Coventry.  “But we have tried so hard to get management to take our concerns seriously, and they continue to spend money on temp agency…
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Featured

Rhode Island State Police Unveils Innovative Opioid Outreach Initiative

HOPE Initiative partners law enforcement officers with substance use counselors across the state to reach out to those at risk of overdose Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today introduced the HOPE (Heroin-Opioid Prevention Effort) Initiative, which is believed to be the first statewide program in the country to engage law enforcement personnel in a proactive outreach strategy to combat the opioid overdose program will bring together clinicians, recovery coachesand members of law enforcement with the mission of reaching out to those…
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