Events:

  • PVD S.W.A.P. Meet

    (S)poken (W)ord (A)nd (P)oetry Tuesdays: an exciting spoken word event with free parking, cash bar, catered food and DJ Donnie Battle playing the throwbacks.  

    January 25 @ 7:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 25, 2022

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Free rapid COVID-19 tests available: US government web page, pharmacies

Every residential address in the US can order four rapid antigen test (RAT) kits for free, expected to be delivered in late January, through an official government web page: covidtests.gov (which currently redirects to a site operated by the US Postal Service special.usps.com/testkits). Persons need enter only their name and shipping address to place a […]

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RI Health Director Alexander-Scott resigns: Led state’s COVID-19 response from the beginning

Dr Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, who has served as director of the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) since 2015 and spearheaded the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning, has resigned effective two weeks from today, according to a statement from Gov. Daniel McKee, and the governor “regretfully accepted.” She will continue in […]

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News Analysis — RI ignored weeks of COVID-19 warnings: Latest surge almost all Delta, not Omicron, so far

At time of writing, RI is in bad shape for COVID-19, with a surge of cases unprecedented over the course of the entire pandemic. RI is weeks behind where it could have been if it had taken into account clear warning signs. At a Woonsocket press conference with Gov. Daniel McKee and others on Dec […]

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Whose Bodies? Every-Bodies!: Every-Bodies Fitness aims to make fitness accessible for LGBTQ+ youth

When Melissa DeLuca was in high school in the 1980s, she was banned from the field hockey team because she was gay – an experience that now fuels her unique exercise program for LGBTQ+ youth. Every-Bodies Fitness is the non-profit DeLuca formed in 2019 to make the experience of exercising and staying healthy inclusive. She […]

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Health Innovation Policy for the People: Undercutting profit motive for better outcomes

For at least the last 25 years, Rhode Island has relied on the medical-industrial complex to serve as an economic engine. The quest for patentable, scalable cures for the diseases of industrialism has taken up a huge amount of the energy and resources devoted to economic development in RI. There are deep-seated problems with this […]

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Embrace the Offensive: PVD’s Tara Morris finds catharsis through hot power yoga

On a cold December morning, Tara Morris opened her hot power yoga class with the words, “Today’s my mom’s birthday; she would’ve been 81.” Morris’ mother Maryann passed away in September 2020 after battling Parkinson’s for 27 years.  “It was so brutal,” says Morris. “So fucking brutal to watch a big, strong woman lose all […]

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FDA shortens wait for COVID-19 vaccine booster to 5 months, expands eligibility down to age 12

Major changes were authorized this morning to increase access to booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are three main changes: (1) the time between completion of the primary vaccine series until eligible for a booster shot has been reduced to five months from the […]

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