GoLocal Prov: RI Dept. of Health Awards $42K in Grants for Projects Addressing Climate Change
Sunday, June 03, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) awarded $42,000 in grants to ten local groups to work projects related to climate change education and community resilience.
“The wide-ranging public health effects of climate change impacting Rhode Islanders include harm to our food and water supply; increases in diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects; and increases in extreme weather events. Worse yet, certain communities will bear a disproportionate burden of the increases in injuries and diseases that we expect, and are already seeing in some cases. These communities include lower income Rhode Islanders, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions. The Department of Health is funding these 10 innovative projects because public health is most successful when it is grassroots and community-driven. The entire state needs to mobilize together if we want to create a healthy, sustainable, and resilient future for all Rhode Islanders,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.Courtesy of GoLocal Prov