- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are launching a community-based program aimed at reducing disparities in health among different racial, ethnic and socioeconomics groups.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1G2nAo2 ) officials were in South Kingstown Friday to ceremonially launch one of the programs.

The state is using $2.7 million in federal money to establish 11 “health equity zones” to target the causes of poor health. They include poverty, homelessness and lack affordable nutritious food.

South County Health is leading the zone and is collaborating with area nonprofit and community groups and municipalities.

Called South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, the zone won a $62,000 grant as part of a state Health Department program.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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