Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (sriAHEC)

URI College of Nursing, White Hall, 39 Butterfield Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Partnerships & Activities

  • Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School (RINI)
    • RINI’s mission is “to prepare  a diverse group of students to become the highly educated and professional nursing workforce of the future”
    • RINI opened in Providence in September, 2011 as the first public charter high school in the U.S. dedicated to training future nurses and the first middle college in the State of RI.
    • Students enroll in the Nurses Middle College after completing Grade 9 in another school then work over the next four years toward their high school diploma which includes taking college level courses in anatomy and chemistry in their final year

Darilina Firpo, ’14 , Kasie Moitoso, ’16 ,Brianna Vega, ’19 ,Karen Avalos, ’19, Janelle Amoako ’15


URI nursing students inspire RINI students to complete their studies and succeed in their nursing careers










  • SriAHEC is facilitating programs and activities that will benefit both RINI and URI students
    • In January 2012, sriAHEC first hosted RINI 11th graders at URI introducing them to the University and Nursing faculty, administrators, and clinical facilities.
    • In summer 2014, two RINI graduates entered URI’s Talent Development program in preparation for pursuing their Bachelors of Nursing degrees in the College of Nursing.
    • In fall 2014,  five URI nursing student panelists informed and inspired their younger peers about transitioning to college and completing their high school diplomas that include college credit.
    • Ultimately, RINI students hearing the URI panelists were encouraged to envision themselves as graduates with baccalaureate degrees in nursing  and the desire to become leaders in the nursing profession.

Previously-Funded sriAHEC Projects

Previously, sriAHEC supported community-based organizations in effectively addressing critical local health issues

Community Projects that received grants through HRSA ranging between $2,000-$30,000 (FY 2010):

  • RI Coalition for the Homeless with the assistance of nursing and pharmacy students developed a food distribution voucher program for area restaurants to provide hot meals to homeless and disabled Rhode Islanders unable to utilize traditional food stamps.  As a result, a significant transformation in the provision of healthy meals for those having no ability to prepare their food is now in place throughout the state.
  • RI Free Clinic  added 22 physicians who serve uninsured clients in Newport County to the program.
  • Shape Up Rhode Island expanded its community health, fitness and weight reduction program to include 58 Primary Care Physicians Practices in southern Rhode Island, representing a total of 203 health-care providers.
  • Food for Life facilitated women’s recovery from drug addiction in sessions on health, nutrition and emotional support conducted by three Brown University medical students at the Providence Center.
  • Urban Health Watch provided southern RI residents with a public awareness campaign focused on better health, health-care careers training, and special health-care needs via WRIU radio.

Projects Previously Selected for Funding (FY 2009):

  • Washington County Coalition for Children implemented a continuing education program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children to improve mental health-care delivery.
  • Memorial Hospital, Department of Family Medicine Residents bought equipment to provide multidisciplinary simulation training in obstetrical emergencies.
  • Mapping Project to map access to health-care

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