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14 2017 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY FEBRUARY 2017 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Over the past several years, the South County Community Action Agency and the Tri-Town Community Action Agency have been in the process of merging all programs and services under one corporate entity. This past October, the two agencies officially merged, creating the new Tri-County Community Action Agency. "The merger creates an opportunity for both organizations to strengthen and expand as one Community Action Agency with an increased capacity to deliver high quality services; maximize federal, state and local resources; increase financial and program efficiencies and improve the health, education, employment, housing and income security outcomes for individuals and families lining in the State of Rhode island," said Joseph R, DeSantis, President and CEO of the Agency. "In maintaining our common mission to assist individuals and families in their transition out of poverty and toward social and economic self-sufficiency, we will continue to focus on the local needs of the communities we currently serve in three geographic regions: the north-western region of Providence County, Washington County, and we have some programs that extend into Kent County," DeSantis said. "The Tri-County Community Action Agency will continue to maintain and uphold the core beliefs, philosophy and guiding principles established under President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964." The newly formed Tri-County Community Action Agency will continue to offer services and resources to individuals in need, including health care services at both Health Center locations; 33 Maple Avenue, in North Providence and 1126 Hartford Avenue in Johnston. The Agency Health Centers offer preventative and primary health care, pediatrics, OB/Gyn services and women's health care, behavioral health including substance use and mental health counseling, and dental/oral health services. All third party insurance is accepted, and sliding scale fees are available for those individuals who do not have health insurance and who meet family size and income eligibility requirements. No individual is denied services for inability to pay. Both Health Center locations offer same day appointments for sick and routine visits, and evening hours for scheduled appointments. Tri-County Community Action Agency also provides free help with enrollment in health insurance plans through our Affordable Care Act (ACA) Certified Navigators, and offer a wide range of services for clients, including Head Start programs, job training and education, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, substance abuse prevention, and elder care services. "We look forward to working together towards continued excellence and quality in serving the most vulnerable populations residing in the north-western part of Providence County, Washington County and areas of Kent County, and we look forward to working with you during our transition to a merged entity and a very successful year ahead," DeSantis said. For more information on services, contact the Agency at 401- 351-2750, or visit www.tricountyri.org. Tri-Town Announces Merger, Name Change to Tri-County Community Action Agency Sponsored Story Matt Malek, MD reads with Addison Papagolos during a Health Center visit. FEB-02-2017-HEALTH.indd 14 1/20/17 11:11 AM

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