By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2017
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Holidays, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Science, State House, Technology, Video, Women | Tagged BluSource Energy Inc, Brown University, Casey Cabral, Christina Ergas, donald trump, Earth Day, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Institute at Brown University for Environment and Society, Jacoby Observatory, Janet Freedman, March for Science, Met School, national grid, Rhode Island State House, RI Coastal Resources Management Council, RI Department of Health, RIDOH, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sunshine Menezes, Timmons Roberts, Tom Derecktor, university of rhode island, Zoe Goris | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
TrumpCare, said Raimondo, exists only to “give tax breaks to their rich.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, People, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Ellie Brown, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, John Jacobson, Medicaid Expansion, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, TrumpCare | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
Johnston, through enabling legislation, is allowed to take water from Providence Water, to the tune of 150 gallons per person per day.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, News, Providence | Tagged Bryan Principe, burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust, cale keable, Invenergy, Jeffrey Dana, Jeremy Bailey, Jo-Ann Ryan, Kevin Jackson, Lincoln Water, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Nicholas Narducci Jr, Paul Roselli, Providence City Council, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, Resilient Rhode Island Act, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Ricky Caruolo, RIDEM, RIDOH, RIPUC, Sabina Matos, sam zurier, seth yurdin, William O'Gara, Xaykham Khamsyvoravong | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 17, 2016
Think of it as the “Deepwater Wind” of health care: Innovation, starting in Rhode Island, that could be a model for the world. That’s how revolutionary the concept of the Neighborhood Health Station could be, and the first one is being rolled out in Central Falls.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video | Tagged Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Brown University, BVCHC, Central Falls, David Cicilline, james diossa, Medicare for All, Michael Fine, pablo rodriguez, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) held a public comment hearing in Burrillville Tuesday to solicit opinions on the potential health effects of building Invenergy‘s proposed $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant. RIDOH has been tasked by the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) to create a non-binding advisory opinion on […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Harrisville Fire District and Water Board, Invenergy, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, Stephanie Sloman | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2016
The mayor can’t abdicate his responsibility on this. Local officials can be hugely influential on Federal decisions. An outcry from public officials immensely helped in 2005 when a similar project was ultimately denied.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, jorge elorza, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, Port of Providence, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, RIDOH, Tax Stabilization Agreement, TSA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 8, 2016
Even if both Harrisville and Pascoag deny Invenergy their water, it doesn’t necessarily put an end to the company’s plans. Water could be imported from over state lines, and of course there is always the option used by Burrillville’s existing power plant, Ocean State Power. They seem to be trucking in the water from a nearby superfund site.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Harrisville, Harrisville Fire District, Invenergy, MTBE, Ocean State Power, Paul Roselli, RI Department of Health, RIDOH | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 18, 2016
“If Memorial closes,” said a mother planning to deliver in June, “my choices will be to have a home birth, which I do not want, or go to Cambridge. There is no other place offering the options I want.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Care New England, Chris Callaci, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, kenny alston, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, Women & Infants | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
Organized by the Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, nurses, community members and mothers toting young children carried signs and were enthusiastically supported by passing motorists blaring their horns.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Care New England, RI Department of Health, RIDOH | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2015
“Rhode Island and the Providence partnership that we’re doing together, represents the first city/state group to join this world wide 90-90-90 campaign.” said Dr. Alexander-Scott in announcing the new effort.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project RI, David Cicilline, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Kira Manser, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Rhode Island Department of Health, Richie DeFilippo, RIDOH, Stephen Hourahan, world aids day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Though the director does not outright oppose the project, she does recommend that “FERC conduct a robust review of the project that fully incorporates public health perspectives and reviews potential public health concerns” and that RIDOH, “be deemed a cooperating agency, with all the rights and opportunities to participate in FERC’s review of this project preserved thereby.”
Posted in Energy, Featured | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, environmental racism, EPA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point Liquefaction Facility, national grid, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH | 23 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 2, 2015
If we could build Neighborhood Health Stations and make them work, “then health care spending becomes a business magnet. People come and locate businesses here, just because of our health care,” says Dr. Fine.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, State House | Tagged Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, cvs, Gina Raimondo, Lifespan, Medicaid, Michael Fine, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Reinventing Medicaid, RI Department of Health, RIDOH | 3 Responses