This paper describes how the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has changed the way it carries out its mission by focusing on addressing the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health, eliminating health disparities, and achieving health equity. It also describes the key components of its Health Equity Zone initiative – a new, place-based model designed to build healthier, more resilient, and more just communities, scaling up across the state, and validated for replication in other states.

Citation

Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), July 2018