By GoLocal News Team
Mayor James Diossa has announced the arrival of Dr. Michael Fine as Community Health Advisor to the city. Dr. Fine is the former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and will work with the city departments, community organizations and healthcare partners to improve the health and well being of all Central Falls residents.
“Health is created when people in communities take care of one another. Central Falls is a place where community matters. I’m thrilled to be able to work with Mayor Diossa and everyone in Central Falls to develop a culture of health, healthy children, healthy families, and a healthy future. I’m proud to be able to lend my expertise to the Mayor and together develop Central Falls into the healthiest place in Rhode Island and one of the healthiest places in the U.S.," said Dr. Michael Fine.
As the city's Health Policy advisor, Dr. Fine worked with city emergency medical services to help residents understand how to se primary care; working with the school department to address the adolescent pregnancy rate; working with Parks and Recreation and the Pawtucket YMCA on promoting physical activity for residents, working with public safety officials and others on reducing substance abuse and preventing drug overdoses.
“I consider bringing Dr. Fine aboard to be a big win for the city and he has already hit the ground running, helping secure grant funding from the Rhode Island Foundation for two community health workers. It is a goal of mine to promote a culture of health in the city that will have a positive impact upon our residents," said Mayor James Diossa.
Dr. Fine is a family physician and community organizer. Fine is a graduate of Haverford College and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital Residency Program in Family Medicine in Pawtucket.
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