East Providence Health Equity Zone

Who We Are

In the summer of 2019 East Bay Community Action Program(EBCAP) became the backbone agency for one of several Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grants from the RI Department of Health (RIDOH). The East Providence Health Equity Zone project is a place-based initiative created to reduce and eliminate current health disparities and barriers to wellness. Through collaboration we work to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change.


Community stakeholders play an important role in improving the health and wellness of their fellow neighbors and city residents.


East Providence residents and representatives from various community organizations have formed work groups to address the following resident-identified initiatives:

  • Housing
  • Senior Health and Wellness
  • Teen Health and Wellness
  • Communications
  • Behavioral Health
  • Resident Engagement

Interested in joining a work group? Contact us at eprovehez@ebcap.org.


The collaborative is representative of the East Providence community and state-wide alliances. The EP HEZ values community input and buy-in.

Collaborating Partners

Join Us

We’re looking for members. We invite local residents, community organizations, and businesses to join our working groups. If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please contact us at 401-248-3674 or eprovhez@ebcap.org.

Current Areas of Focus

It is our hope that a focus on these action areas will help us begin the community work needed to address health inequities and build a stronger East Providence.

Education and Information Sharing

Increase community awareness of available resources across social, health, educational, and financial areas.

Community Resilience

Develop neighborhood-based networks that can quickly respond to community needs and emergency situations.

Support Health and Wellness

Enhance the availability of programs and resources that support the needs of all residents that bolster physical activity, healthy relationships, and healthy eating habits.

Increase Access to Health Services

Reduce barriers to accessing health services specifically mental and behavioral health.

Awarded Grants

Rhode to Equity

An initial 12-month learning collaborative designed to enhance EPHEZ’s ability to improve both health and social outcomes. EPHEZ, in collaboration with EBCAP and Integrated Healthcare Partners, is focusing on improving health outcomes of East Providence residents with diabetes through education and increased access to fresh produce.

Preschool Development

Aims to increase reach and access to home-based young childhood education services to local families. Programming includes “Family Music Time with the Phil,” a collaboration with Parents as Teachers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic School, Safe Sleep programming, and Incredible Years curriculum. It also places a Family Navigator within the community to assist and encourage families’ participation in home-based services.

COVID-19 Health Disparities

EPHEZ received funding to address outreach and education due to the on-going pandemic. If you or your organization needs masks, hand sanitizer, or other PPE, please contact us at eprovehez@ebcap.org.

Rhode to Equity: Community Health Workers

EPHEZ received additional funding from the Rhode Island Department of Health to address food insecurity and related barriers to health equity through the use of Community Health Workers.

Emergency Needs Survey

Follow Us



East Providence HEZ Newsletter Spring 2023
East Providence HEZ Newsletter November 2022


EP HEZ General Brochure
EP HEZ Diabetes Brochure

Reports and Assessments

Final Report-Year One 2020
Final Report-Year Two 2021
Final Report-Year Three 2022
Final Report-Year Four 2023 
Year Three End of Year Report: Community Report
Community Needs Assessment 2019

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