RI Public Health Institute to Open Rhode Island’s First LGBTQ Health Clinic
What: Open Door Health Clinic, Rhode Island’s first dedicated LGBTQ Health Clinic
When: Monday, March 2, 10:00 am – Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a tour of the facility and open house
Where: 7 Central Street, Providence, RI
Who: Scheduled to speak and available for interviews:
- Community advocates-
Dr. Amy Nunn, Executive Director of RIPHI and Open Door Health
- Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Mayor Jorge Elorza, and other dignitaries
- Dr. Philip Chan, Medical Director, Open Door Health
- Neil Steinberg, President, and CEO, Rhode Island Foundation
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: City, state, and federal dignitaries to cut the ribbon with community members, followed by a tour of the facility.
PARKING: Reserved parking will be available to members of the press upon RSVP.
Background: The Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI), a 501c3 organization that promotes community health and the elimination of health disparities, will open their new health clinic to provide sexual health and primary care services to Rhode Island's LGBTQ community. Open Door Health will offer primary care services and express HIV, sexually transmitted disease (STD) and Hepatitis C (HCV) screening services. Open Door Health will be the first clinic in Rhode Island dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ community as a core function of its mission.
Open Door Health has been supported by federal, state, and philanthropic funding through RI EOHHS, the federal Ryan White Program, and local foundations. Open Door Health programs have been developed with technical assistance from the RI Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Open Door Health will improve the health and quality of life for LGBTQ Rhode Islanders, many of whom face disparities in access to health care and health outcomes, by providing high-quality, culturally congruent health care to RI’s LGBTQ population. Open Door Health’s work is driven by RIPHI’s approach to integrating efforts to advance community health, reduce health disparities, develop innovative programs and train the public health workforce.
Contact: Tony Simon
February 26, 2020 401-465-1858