Rhode Island

The Innovations Fund

Phases: 2018, 2019

Building a Culture of Whole-Person Health: A Stigma-Reduction Project

Project Description:

2019: The Rhode Island Action Coalition seeks to reduce stigma and increase “whole-person health” for those suffering from substance-abuse disorders by creating professional development opportunities aimed at stigma-reduction training. The team also plans to organize community support for those seeking to recover from substance abuse. . The initiative will expand the Action Coalition’s cross-sector network, while engaging nurse leaders, to raise community awareness, scale successful programs, and improve hiring practices that address stigma reduction.

2018: The Rhode Island Action Coalition seeks to improve its state’s health care system by creating a nursing curriculum, competency assessment, and development program to prepare nurses to become primary care providers in high-demand communities. Additionally, the state will develop a campaign to promote interprofessional practices among diverse organizations to foster collaboration within the health care environment.