Grants seek to improve health in several Rhode Island towns

By The Associated Press

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation has announced $3.6 million in grants aimed at reducing health disparities in more than a dozen town and cities across the state.

Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg said Friday the grants will compliment efforts by the state Department of Health and others to reduce rates of illness and chronic disease that are higher in poorer areas of the state.

People of color and with those with lower levels of education are disproportionately affected.

Each of the six beneficiaries will receive $600,000. They are: Progreso Latino; ONE Neighborhood Builders, Providence; South County Health, South Kingstown; Thundermist Health Center of West Warwick; Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket; and the Women’s Resource Center, Newport.

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