Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
December 6, 2012
Celebration of Children's Health 
Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon 2012
More than 175 community leaders, including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative Jim Langevin, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, recently gathered for Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's twelfth annual Celebration of Children's Health. These elected officials received Covering Kids Awards for their work to promote access to high quality health care for Rhode Island's children and families, as did Representative Frank Ferri, Representative Deborah Ruggiero, and Senator Juan Pichardo. Steven Costantino, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, accepted a Covering Kids Award on behalf of Governor Lincoln Chafee. 

Dr. Maureen Phipps from Women and Infants Hospital and Adriana Vargas from Providence Community Health Centers received Covering Kids Awards for their leadership in ensuring access to health coverage and health care. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Rhode Island's two RIte Care health plans, received Covering Kids Awards for their longstanding commitment to providing access to high quality, comprehensive health coverage to Rhode Island's low- and moderate-income children and families, as well as children in foster care and other children with special health care needs.  

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RIte Care Results
RIte Care Results cover
RIte Care has a 19-year track record of providing access to high-quality health care for children, pregnant women and parents. Read Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's newly updated publication - RIte Care Results - to learn the many ways RIte Care works to achieve positive health outcomes among Rhode Island's children and families.

New Child Poverty Issue Brief 
Poverty Issue Brief cover
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released its latest Issue Brief - Child Poverty in Rhode Island. The Issue Brief takes an in-depth look at child poverty in Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns, and provides poverty data by age, race, and family structure. The Issue Brief also provides recommendations on how to alleviate poverty among Rhode Island's children.  

To read the entire Issue Brief, visit You also can call 401-351-9400 to request hard copies.
Adolescent Health Report
The Rhode Island Department of Health's new report - State of Adolescent Health in Rhode Island: Improving Access to Care - takes a look at how adolescents in Rhode Island access medical services, and includes the results of a qualitative study and recommendations on how to improve access among Rhode Island teens.

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starRIte Care Results
starNew Child Poverty Issue Brief
starAdolescent Health Report
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