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Our members know their states! Learn more about the small but wonderful state of Rhode Island from our member, Jill!

Name: Jill D’Errico

City, State: Providence, RI

Organization: Rhode Island Department of Health

How long have you lived in Rhode Island? Why do you choose to live there?

I have lived in the state for eight years. I stay in Rhode Island because you can go to a national park, hit the beach, and dine outside at an Italian bistro all in the same 15 miles! I live in one of our most rural areas and love that everyone knows each other and works to help each other.

How is 3RNet impacting Rhode Island?

Before I started, we had two facilities registered and had five opportunities posted; we now have 16 facilities registered and 23 opportunities posted. 3RNet has been specifically written into many facilities’ retention plans and has grown in the last few years, clearly indicating the impact that 3RNet has had in our state.

What are the best cultural events that happen in Rhode Island?

Every summer is WaterFire, a free art installation in Providence that hosts over one million visitors that witness 80 bonfires along the river, live music, and entertainment. Newport hosts the Newport Flower Show at the mansions, the Blessing of the Fleet, and the Folk Fest. There are over 900 festivals, fairs, events, and attractions throughout the year!

Why should a health professional choose Rhode Island over surrounding states?

We have prestigious colleges and universities offering many opportunities through the Brown Alpert Medical School, including 10 research centers, Grand Rounds, and affiliations with seven area hospitals.

The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI)- has guided the state toward notable improvements in reducing hospital-acquired infections and costs, establishing statewide capacity to fill electronic prescriptions, and adopting electronic health records by most practices. The organization collaborates across government, industry, provider, and consumer groups.

What loan repayment programs does Rhode Island have? Anything that makes those programs unique?

The Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program offers loan repayment to eligible health professionals in a variety of disciplines including primary care, dentistry, and mental health. We are unique in that we have private donations.

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island welcomes providers to the Physician Visa Waiver Program with a focus on increasing access to rural and urban communities for primary care and specialists.  Rhode Island accepts 30 applications beginning October 1 of each year. 

Do you want to feature anything about the J1 program in Rhode Island?

Our state requirements can be found at http://health.ri.gov/programs/detail.php?pgm_id=155

Are healthcare professionals valued in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island has the Primary Care Physician Advisory Committee (PCPAC), a group of providers who have a voice in the state and at the Department of Health on issues impacting primary care. Two recent advisory letters addressed pain management and physician burnout.

Why do people travel to Rhode Island?

Our state is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, yet the state has a coastline of 400 miles, making our beaches a very popular tourist destination!  We have 11 state parks with terrific hiking, 60 miles of bike trails, and for the adventurer, shark cage diving.  

What sports teams does Rhode Island have?

We are home to the Providence Bruins (affiliate team to Boston).  Most people in the state support the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox.  Much of the state is involved with college basketball, especially URI and Providence College. 

What is your favorite local food?

A visit to historic Federal Hill (Italian) is always a best bet when in RI for year-round dining. We are known for our nicknames for food such as stuffies, cabinets, doughboys, and clam cakes.

What is Rhode Island best known for?

The small town feel in an entire state! 

What is the biggest misconception about Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is not an actual island. It contains several islands, like Aquidneck Island, Conanicut Island, Block Island, Prudence Island, Dutch Island, and Goat Island.

What are the biggest industries in Rhode Island?

Healthcare, tourism: (tourism-related sales exceed $5.75 billion per year), and manufacturing. 

How is the weather/climate in Rhode Island?

Most of Rhode Island has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 83 °F to a low of 20 °F.

Rhode Island is vulnerable to tropical storms, hurricanes, and Nor’easters due to its location.

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