Ana Novais, MA

Executive Director

Rhode Island Department of Public Health

Providence, RI

Ana P. Novais, holds a master degree in Clinical Psychology, UCLN, Belgium, and is a graduate from the Northeastern Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Albany, NY and Leadership RI. Ana has worked in Public Health for over 30 years including 5 years in Africa (Cape Verde), 5 years in Portugal and for the past 23 years in the USA.

Ana has worked for the RI Department of Health since 1998, first as an Education and Outreach Coordinator focusing on children health issues, specifically lead poisoning prevention and immunization.

Later, as the Chief for the Office of Minority Health, Ana was charged with assuring the Department addressed the health needs of the racial and ethnic minority communities of RI. Since March 2006 as the Executive Director of Health for the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity, Ana has lead the department efforts to achieve the goal of health equity by focusing in the areas of Health Disparities and Access to Care, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention, Environmental Health and Maternal and Child Health; and by developing and implementing the “Rhode Island Health Equity Framework” a plan of action for achieving health equity at the state and at local level through the “Health Equity Zones” initiative.

In August 1, 2015 Ana’s role was expanded to become the Executive Director of Health for the Department, charged with implementing the Department Strategic Priorities across all divisions and assuring that the Department resources and operations are aligned with the strategic priorities. In addition, since July 2016, Ana assumed the role previously held by the Deputy Director.

Ana is a proud mother of 4 adult children and grandmother of 5 beautiful young children. Ana was born in Cabo Verde, and her roots are in Portugal, Europe (mother) and Angola, Africa (father). Ana is fluent in Creole, Portuguese, French, Spanish and English. She loves travel, reading, photography and spending time in her garden.

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