R 115
2019 -- S 0520
Enacted 02/28/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Euer, Cano, Ruggerio, and Felag
Date Introduced: February 28, 2019

     WHEREAS, The noble mission of HEZ is "to encourage and equip neighbors and
community partners to collaborate to create healthy places for people to live, learn, work, and
play"; and
     WHEREAS, To date, Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative has directed
more than $10.4 million in public health funding towards building the infrastructure that is
necessary in order to achieve healthy, more resilient communities through systemic changes at the
local level; and
     WHEREAS, Currently there are nine HEZ programs helping to build healthy and vibrant
communities across the state; and
     WHEREAS, Research has shown that 80 percent of health outcomes are determined
inside our communities not at the doctor’s office. By building better access to neighborhood
services, safe and affordable housing, improved employment, and safer communities with
healthier food choices, we can effectively improve the health of citizens in our communities; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, HEZ is working to engage residents "to join and lead broader
efforts to eliminate barriers like poverty and repair injustices in systems such as education, health,
criminal justice, and transportation"; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates "HEZ Advocacy Day" on February 28, 2019, and encourages all Rhode
Island's communities to support local efforts to eliminate health disparities in our state; and be it
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Ana Novais, Executive Director of Rhode
Island Department of Health, Neil P. Hytinen, Chief Public Affairs Officer and Legislative
Liaison, RIDOH, and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott.