ItÕs time to FREE Providence from the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. WeÕre doing everything we can to spread the word about the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle, and we have eight community organizations helping us.
Feel free to contact any one of them for more information on what they are doing to FREE Providence.
Providence Mayor's Substance Abuse Prevention Council
The Mayor's Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC) aims to protect youth and prevent harmful alcohol and drug use by building awareness and promoting the health and wellness of communities. Through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, MSAPC is coordinating the efforts of the Tobacco-Free Providence campaign by overseeing all of the community organizations.
Rhode Island Department of Health
The Rhode Island Tobacco Control Program works to create changes in social, political, and physical environments to make it more difficult to start and continue using tobacco, make it easier to quit, and make choosing health the easier choice. For more information, visit www.health.ri.gov/tobacco.
The Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy
The Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA) is a bilingual Latino community-based non-profit organization in Providence that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latinos through a variety of programs and services. CHisPA aims to empower Latino families and individuals to achieve their full potential as productive members of the Rhode Island community. Through educational programs and meetings, CHisPA educates and engages their community members in the FREE movement.
John Hope Settlement House
John Hope Settlement House is a community-based organization that provides programs and services to strengthen families and promote social, educational, economic, and civic improvement for children, youth, and adults. John Hope regularly hosts Health Justice Voice meetings around the city to engage community members in the FREE movement, and educate on the immediate and long-term impacts of tobacco use.
Providence Community Health Centers
Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC) employs a highly skilled, compassionate, and culturally diverse workforce of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives for more than 36,000 patients at health-care facilities across the city. They are the largest primary health-care provider in Providence and treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. To help Providence residents live a FREE lifestyle, PCHC now offers nicotine replacement therapy (such as patches and gum) and counseling free of charge to uninsured and underinsured adults.
Providence Housing Authority
The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) exists to develop and maintain decent, safe, and sanitary housing, and to address the economic and social needs of residents. With more than 5,700 residents living in the PHA, including 6 family developments and 7 elderly/disabled high rises, PHA recently took steps to ensure that the elderly/disabled residents were able to live in smoke-free environments, and began offering programs and services to help all PHA residents live FREE.
The Urban League of Rhode Island, Inc.
The Urban League of Rhode Island is a community-based, non-profit organization that aims to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation in the state, and to achieve parity for blacks, other minorities, and the poor in every phase of American life. The Urban League utilizes their skills in advocacy and community organizing to make sure their target communities have the opportunity to participate in the FREE movement.
Young Voices transforms urban youth into powerful advocates who have a voice in every aspect of their lives. Through the year-round Leadership Transformation Academy, youth learn advanced advocacy skills, including policy analysis, public speaking, and partnering with policy-makers to impact systems on behalf of all Rhode Island's young people. As part of the FREE campaign, Young Voices youth and community organizers are collecting and video taping stories that draw attention to the impacts of tobacco use on individuals, families, and the community, and helping to create a citywide campaign to share these stories with the community.