RIPHI Participates In Panel Discussion: Making SNAP Incentives a Snap

RIPHI’s Deputy Director Kerri Connolly participated in a panel discussion hosted by SPUR to discuss the origin and future of EBT integration projects, including Rhode Island’s own Retail SNAP Incentive Program. Panel participants included: Alyssa Auvinen—Washington State Department of Health Kerri Connolly—Rhode Island Public Health Institute Mia Kortebein—Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance Marga Ortiz—United States …

WHO Recommends New Name for Monkeypox Disease

Geneva, 28 November 2022: Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out.  When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in …

The Gala PVD 2022

The Gala PVD will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at The Graduate Providence. Hosted by The Stable as a benefit for RIPHI’s Open Door Health, this creative black tie event is shaping up to be the event of the year.  Purchase Tickets Donate Presented by Platinum Sponsors Silver Sponsors Supporters The Allen Company Inc. Blue …

Monkeypox Virus: Rhode Island Status Update

As of August 19, 2022 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 14,115 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, 37 in Rhode Island and 243 in neighboring Massachusetts and 73 in Connecticut.   We continue to see cases of monkeypox being diagnosed in the state of Rhode Island, with the majority …

Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility in Rhode Island

Monkeypox was first identified in the United States on May 18 in an individual from Massachusetts. Since then, more than 6,326 cases have been reported in the United States, with 24 here in Rhode Island and 134 in Massachusetts. Although it can spread to anybody regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the monkeypox virus …

Monkeypox: How It Spreads

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 …

Monkeypox Symptoms

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. Symptoms of monkeypox can include: Fever Headache Muscle aches and backache Swollen …

Monkeypox Testing in Rhode Island

Who should get tested? If you start to notice red lesions, pimples or pustules you should contact RIPHI’s Open Door Health and let the team know that you suspect a monkeypox infection.  How do you test for Monkeypox? Current testing procedure utilizes a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test that is conducted by swabbing a …

RIPHI Signs Letter to Federal Government Re: Monkeypox Response

The Rhode Island Public Health Institute and Open Door Health joined more than 40 organizations in writing to Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services. The letter highlights challenges impeding our nation’s response to the current monkeypox virus outbreak and offers policy recommendations to stop the spread of the virus.  Monkeypox …