Members 2012

  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • American Heart Association
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI
  • Brown University
  • Cardiovascular Institute of NE
  • Chad Brown Health Center
  • Community Representative
  • Comprehensive Educational Services
  • East Providence Fire Department
  • Farm Fresh RI
  • The Health & Wellness Institute
  • The Hospital Association of RI
  • John Hope Settlement House
  • Kent County Hospital
  • Lifespan Corporate Services
  • Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Neighborhood Health Plan-RI
  • Newport Hospital
  • Private Medical Practice
  • Providence VA Medical Center
  • RI Cardiology Center
  • RI Health Center Association
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • RI State Representative
  • Roger Williams Medical Center
  • St. Josephs Health Services of RI
  • Woman & Infants Hospital
  • YWCA-Northern RI

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Steering Committee

In 2008, the Rhode Island Department of Health carefully identified core partners to initiate the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Steering Committee. This was essential to the future of heart disease and stroke systems change in Rhode Island, which requires diverse community partners with multiple skills and interests at the state and local levels.

Internal and external partners serve on the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Steering Committee and/or a Steering Committee Work Group. The mission of the committee is to guide, promote and participate in the strategic planning process, develop the statewide plan, and assist in its implementation. This includes:

  • Making recommendations for HDSP activities, policies, and strategies.
  • Integrating disparities in all efforts.
  • Identifying key policy and environmental changes.

The Steering Committee meets on a quarterly basis.

Work Groups

Steering committee Work Groups help develop the Rhode Island Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention State Plan by identifying current activities and needs. They also make activity, policy, and strategy recommendations and conduct advocacy around health disparity, policy, and environmental change issues. The Work Groups are organized around five focus areas:

  • Community and Work Sites
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Stroke (includes the Rhode Island Stroke Taskforce

Future plans may include the addition of a Partnership and Sodium Reduction Work Group. All Work Groups are chaired by a community representative and receive technical assistance from the Department of Health. Work Groups meet as needed and are responsible for providing updates to the Steering Committee.