University of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health Form Partnership

New England Council member the University of Rhode Island (URI) Academic Health Collaborative and the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Academic Center have formed a new partnership to build healthier communities throughout the state.

The two institutions signed a memorandum which will allow URI students to have new research and training opportunities at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). This partnership will not only allow students to gain new experiences, but it will also lead to sharing of data between URI and RIDOH, leading to advancements in public policy and health planning across the state. Specifically, the partnership will focus on addressing the state’s opioid crisis, developing protocols for storage and handling of vaccines at pharmacies, and implementing new RIDOH regulations.

“This new collaboration between the URI Academic Health Collaborative and RIDOH’s Academic Center will allow our two state institutions to pool talent, resources, and ideas in a way that will help improve health outcomes in every zip code throughout Rhode Island,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. “The kind of research and collaboration that will happen through this partnership is the backbone of creativity and innovation that state agencies are striving toward together.”

The New England Council congratulates URI on the new partnership and for exploring innovative opportunities to strengthen both state government and higher education. Read more in the Providence Business News and in the URI press release.

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