East Bay Regional Coalition

Barrington • Bristol • East Providence • Warren


SOR Comunity Solutions Grants for the East Bay

New funding Opportunity: We are accepting new applications for Community Solution Mini Grants Fall 2019. The application deadline is 9/11/19. The RFP is available here: East Bay SOR Mini Grant RFP

Needs Assessment Data

To access the Needs Assessment Data for the East Bay Regional Coaition or any of the individual community coalitions, please select from one of the links below.

East Bay Regional Strategic Plan 2018
East Bay Regional Coalition Qualitative Data Report
Barrington Data                Bristol Data
East Providence Data       Warren Data

East Bay Regional Parent and Teacher Survey

Focused On Keeping the East Bay Healthy and Thriving as a Community

As with other regions in RI and across the US, the East Bay is concerned about opioid misuse and overdose deaths. From February 2016 to May 2017, our region had 129 visits to the Emergency Department for overdose (www.preventoverdoseri.org). We will be working with local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies to educate the public about proper use, storage, and disposal of medications.

“Police are using Narcan on ride-arounds on a daily basis”

Massachusetts has legalized recreational marijuana and retail pot shops open in the summer of 2018. Because our region borders MA there is concern that our residents may cross state lines to use marijuana. This could create numerous public health problems including a rise in impaired driving. We will be working with our partners in other regions in RI to educate our residents through statewide media campaigns.

“It’s a trickledown effect: you legalize it, more people use it, it becomes more accessible, kids will be able to get it even easier.

In the East Bay 17-32% of our youth say they have felt sad or hopeless and 27-31% of our elderly have been diagnosed with depression (East Bay Regional Coalition Needs Assessment 2017). The East Bay is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support evidence-based programming in all of our communities.

“Youth don’t have any training on how to ask for help.”

Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by RI high school students is at 19%  (health.ri.gov) and threatens to negate downward trending of tobacco use over the past few years. The East Bay will continue to work with the RI Department of Health to educate communities about ways to counteract the marketing and retail practices that contribute to this such as local retail licensing ordinances. In addition, the coalition will work with the East Bay Tobacco Youth Council to assist schools in addressing this escalating problem.

“Vaping is so new I don’t think adults know what to do or even what they look like.”

East Bay Regional Coalition

Regional Directors
Denise Alves dalves@barrington.ri.gov
Kristen Westmoreland kwestmoreland@barrington.ri.gov

SOR Coordinators
Laura Cooke, SOR Subgrant Coordinator SORGrantsEastBay@gmail.com
Barbara Palumbo, SOR Municipal Coordinator for Bristol Palumbo.prevent@gmail.com
PFS Coordinators
Katelynd Todd, PFS Project Coordinator eastbaypfs@gmail.com

Barbara Palumbo, PFS Municipal Coordinator for Bristol Palumbo.prevent@gmail.com

Our Community Coalitions

The BAY Team (Barrington)

Coalition Director
Denise Alves, CPS dalves@barrington.ri.gov
Outcomes Director
Kristen Westmoreland, MD MPH CPSS kwestmoreland@barrington.ri.gov

Bristol Prevention Coalition


Warren Prevention Coalition

Ann Marie Roy, ICPS

East Providence Prevention Coalition

Madeline Marlow