Population Health

Rhode Island Regional Prevention Task Force Coalitions: A Guide to the Community Needs Assessment

RIPRC, October 4, 2021 Regional Prevention Task Force (RPTF) Coalitions, funded by the RI Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) under the Rhode Island Substance Abuse Prevention Act (RISAPA), are required to conduct an... read more

RI Good Samaritan Law Factsheet

Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center, December 2020 View this factsheet to learn more about protections against prosecution for anyone experiencing an overdose or anyone who calls 9-1-1 for a person experiencing an overdose. read more

Substance Use Disorders Linked to COVID-19 Susceptibility

National Institutes of Health, September 2020 A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry, was co-authored by... read more

Talking to Children about Racism, Racial Injustice, and Protests

Strengthening Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (SIDE) Committee, June 2020 The recent events related to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have given rise to important questions about how to talk to children about issues of diversity... read more

The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue

SAMHSA, 2020 This newly released SAMHSA report presents data on the prevalence of opioid misuse and death rates in the Black/African American population; contextual factors and challenges to prevention and treatment; and innovative community-based strategies to... read more

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