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 will form work groups to address identified initiatives.
The collaborative is representative of the East Providence community and state-wide alliances. The EP HEZ values community input and buy-in.
- Behavioral Health Link (BH Link)
- Bradley Hospital
- Cape Verdean Progressive Center
- City of East Providence, Community Development Office
- East Bay Community Action Program* Backbone Agency
- East Providence Boys and Girls Club
- East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce
- East Providence Prevention Coalition
- East Providence Public Library
- East Providence School Department
- East Urban Core Family Care Community Partnership
- East Providence Senior Center
- Family Service of Rhode Island
- HeART Spot Art Center and Gallery
- Hope Congregational Church
- Housing Works RI at Roger Williams University
- Julie Silva, Jule’s Hope Chest
- Liana Cassar, State Representative District 66
- Newman YMCA
- Pamela Byrd, Trinity Tabernacle Church
- Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School
- Riverside Nutrition
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Rhode Island Foundation 2020 Census Outreach
Perform outreach efforts to encourage residents to complete the 2020 Census
Rhode Island Diabetes Challenge
Working with a resident with lived experience with Diabetes to reduce barriers to care.
Aims to increase reach and access to home based young childhood education services such as Head Start, Health Families America and Parents as Teachers to serve local families.
COVID-19 Emergency Needs
The Collaborative received funding to address emergency needs due to the ongoing pandemic, including: PPE/Face masks, laundry, personal hygiene products. If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic needs, complete the survey for resources.
Reports and Assessments