Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,057,315
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Winter Storms, Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018: Hospital Strike; 2017: Winter Storms Niko and Stella
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $5,336,988
    FY 2020: $5,271,773
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $7,195,794
    FY 2020: $6,069,229
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorian: 7
  • Educators: 1
  • Health Professionals: 2
  • Other*: 13

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  • Public Health Laboratory Testing
  • Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  • Community Preparedness
  • Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  • Medical Surge
Stories from the Field
Rhode Island Snow Storm
PHEP Planning Keeps Rhode Island Residents Safe during Winter Storms

In Rhode Island, the PHEP program developed a special needs emergency registry and continuously trains municipal partners in how to use it. This ensures that in the event of an emergency, partners can access and download the registry’s data for their municipality. In January and March of 2018—when Rhode Island experienced severe winter storms—eighty-percent of municipal partners accessed the PHEP-supported special needs emergency registry to coordinate support for vulnerable residents living in areas experiencing power outages.

Rhode Island Meningitis B
Stopping a Meningitis B Outbreak

When an outbreak of meningitis B in 2015 left two Providence College students hospitalized and 3,800 students at risk, the Rhode Island Department of Health partnered with Providence College to organize a mass vaccination clinic on campus. The Department of Health relied on its PHEP-funded contract with the Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps (RI MRC) to provide vaccinators. As a result, 3,061 students were vaccinated in one day, helping to prevent further cases.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 01:00 PM