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The North Providence Breeze 11-18-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 Tri-County Community Action Agency establishes Health Equity Zone NORTH PROVIDENCE – Tri- County Community Action Agency has been awarded grant funding from the Rhode Island Department of Health to establish and oper- ate a Health Equity Zone (HEZ) for the towns of North Providence, Johnston and Smithfield. Health Equity Zones are geo- graphic areas where existing oppor- tunities emerge and investments are made to address differences in health outcomes by eliminating health disparities and promoting healthy communities. The Rhode Island Health Equity Zone initiative is a place-based approach that brings communities together to build the infrastructure needed to achieve healthy, systemic changes at the local level, states a release. The Tri-County HEZ proposes to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on building community resilience and increasing awareness and com- pliance with community mitigation guidelines in the three communi- ties served. Specifically, Tri-County HEZ proposes to combat COVID- 19 by increasing community out- reach and education relating to pre- vention, testing, contact tracing and isolation supports. "We are excited to announce our partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health to establish a Health Equity Zone in these com- munities," said Joseph DeSantis, president and CEO of Tri-County. "Health equity means that every- one has the opportunity to live a healthy life, and we intend to make that a reality." The Tri-County HEZ also intends to address local barriers to com- plying with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, especially in communi- ties disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, specifical- ly communities of color, immigrant groups and refugee populations. The HEZ will focus on efforts to expand mental health resources, build on community partnerships to connect individuals to needed ser- vices and support, and will engage residents, community-based orga- nizations, local leaders, businesses, faith-based organizations, munici- palities and other key community stakeholders in forming a local HEZ collaborative that will reduce health disparities by addressing social and environmental determinants of health. The Tri-County HEZ will put boots on the ground and deliver needed supplies to residents as well, say organizers, particularly in North Providence, which has been identi- fied as a high-density community. Visit www.TriCountyRI.org for more information. IS CHARCOAL A NO GO? Charcoal is a trend that seems to be hitting every category of beauty, from face masks to foot scrubs. But does it really make a difference in your toothpaste? Activated charcoal is made from substances like wood and coconut shells, and although it can be found in almost every brand of toothpaste, there is no reliable evidence that it can remove stains beneath the enamel of your teeth. Its rough texture does help remove surface stains, but it is aggressively abrasive for a product that is supposed to be used twice a day. It may actually wear down your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to stains and causing them to appear yellow. Whether dealing with home oral care techniques, cosmetic dentistry, wisdom teeth, restorations, or dental implants, a good experience with dentistry is based on two things—choosing the right dentist whom you trust and who is up to date on the latest in dentistry, and taking the necessary steps to keep dental problems at bay through self-care at home between professional visits. At DENTAL ARTS GROUP, we will work with you to maximize your oral health. Located at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, Call 401-521-3661 for an appointment Monday-Thursday 8a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday 8a.m. to 12p.m. P.S. When looking for a whitening toothpaste, be sure it has the ADA seal of approval and contains blue covarine and hydrogen peroxide.

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