Fresh Fridays with ONE Neighborhood Builders: Health Equity Zones

Join ONE Neighborhood Builders in learning and sharing about community development through our monthly series – Fresh Fridays.

Fresh Fridays are quick, virtual gatherings each month. The ONE Neighborhood Builders team join practitioners, community members, and experts to explore a new topic in community development each session.

Grab your morning coffee or tea and join us for our next session on Health Equity Zones.


Panelists include:

  • Ana Novais, Acting Secretary of Executive Office of Health and Human Services, State of Rhode Island
  • Nwando Ofokansi, Health Equity Zone Project Officer, RI Department of Health
  • Dupe Akinrimisi, Project Manager, Woonsocket Health Equity Zone
  • Sydney Ormerod, Interim Director of Prevention, Women's Resource Center (Newport)
  • Dominique Resendes, Assistant Director of Place-based Initiatives, ONE Neighborhood Builders (Central Providence)

Health Equity Zones (HEZs) are collaboratives of residents, community organizations, health professionals, and others to address the root causes of health disparities. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) established HEZs in 2015 to improve community health, and there are currently 15 HEZs across the state.

Join practitioners from RIDOH, Woonsocket, Newport, and Central Providence Opportunities to learn more about the history of HEZ, current initiatives across the state, and the future of this work.

Did you miss prior Fresh Fridays focused on Zero-Energy Affordable Housing, Community Health Workers, or Resident Leadership? Watch the full recordings on our website: Fresh Fridays Recordings


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