Public Health

A high vaccination rate, vaccine boosters, testing, and targeted health measures have helped mitigate the impact and spread of COVID-19. The public health projects invest in the public health care system and efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. 

Health Care Facilities: Nonprofit and For-profit Hospital Assistance ($45 million)

To alleviate the financial hardship of the pandemic, the State is distributing grants to each hospital in accordance with a formula provided by the Rhode Island General Assembly. 

Health Care Facilities: Nursing Home Assistance ($30 million)

The project is providing grants to the 75 Rhode Island nursing facilities to support the operations and direct care workers at these facilities. The grant amount is based on the number of Medicaid bed days a facility had out of the total number of Medicaid bed days for all nursing facilities as indicated in each nursing facility’s 2020 cost report.

Health Care Facilities: Health Center Assistance ($2.5 million)

The project is providing a direct award to the Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) to distribute grants to eight federally qualified health centers intended to restore and support community health center employment through worker retention incentives.

Public Health Response Warehouse Support ($2 million)

The State is using these funds to store personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 response-related supplies, and other supplies at two state-operated facilities. Costs include, but are not limited to, lease payments and wages for workers operating the warehouses.