Rhode Island Department of Health

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The Rhode Island Department of Health is a state government agency located in Providence, Rhode Island. The Director of Health is Michael D. Fine, MD.

Mission[edit]

"To protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island."[1]

Divisions and Centers[edit]

The Rhode Island Department of Health coordinates statewide public health activities. All programs and services are coordinated by Divisions and Centers.

  • Central Management is divided into three programs: Executive Functions, Management Services, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. Executive Functions is headed by the Director of Health and oversees all Department-sponsored activities. Management Services oversees the Department budget and provides support to manage programs. Emergency Preparedness and Response plans, assesses, educates, and supports the community during disasters or emergencies.
  • The Office of State Medical Examiners investigates causes of death that may endanger the community and uses this information to keep the public aware and safe.
  • Environmental and Health Services Regulation licenses and regulates health professionals and monitors beach and drinking water quality.
  • The State Laboratories support scientific research to detect diseases, protect the public from terrorism threats health and use health evidence in crime investigations.
  • Public Health Information provides information for the public to understand health risks and make healthy and safe choices.
  • Community and Family Health and Equity develops programs to eliminate health disparities by ensuring equal access, creating partnerships with the community and healthcare facilities, promoting healthy lifestyles, and educating citizens on public health issues.
  • Infectious Disease and Epidemiology conducts disease surveillance, responds to outbreaks, and provides health education.

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