Health Equity Zones in Rhode Island

January 28, 2016
3-4 p.m. ET (webinar)

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Rhode Island: Health Equity Zones

A webinar hosted by ASTHO and the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team

The Rhode Island Department of Health has implemented a framework to improve the health and well-being of the state’s population through a focus on the social and environmental determinants of health (SEDH). This approach uses a life course perspective to achieve health equity and demands a better understanding of what is happening at the community level through the communities’ lenses. The presenters will discuss the creation of Centers for Health Equity and Wellness (CHEW) grants to community-based organizations serving low-income neighborhoods in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. The webinar will also discuss place-based initiatives called the Health Equity Zone that facilitate community collaboration in conducting baseline assessments that look at the SEDH and in creating, implementing and evaluating a Plan of Action. The presenters will discuss the outcomes, challenges and lessons learned from the CHEW initiative in the shift from an “agency based approach” to a “place based approach” focused on collective impact.


Ana P. Novais, MA, Lead Presenter, Director Title V/MCH Director and Executive Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health

Angela Ankoma, MPH, MSW, Chief Office of Minority Health, Rhode Island Department of Health

Carol Hall-Walker, Associate Director Division of Community Health, Rhode Island Department of Health

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