About Us

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a vigorous, collaborative, long-term effort to transform community health in the South County region of Rhode Island.

South County comprises nine cities and towns, many of which hug Rhode Island’s southern coast. The region features both affluence and “invisible” pockets of poverty which has led to health disparities which Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds will address as well.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is primarily funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for our role as one of 10 Health Equity Zones (HEZ) in the state. The Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is funded via SAMHSA. South County Health underwrites administration and staffing.

What HBHM Has Been Up To:

Health Equity: One of Our Key Goals

It’s only fair. Everyone should have equal access to healthy living resources and lifestyles. Health equity means that no one is disadvantaged from achieving their fullest health potential due to a socially determined circumstance. Income, race, gender, or where someone lives should not determine how healthy they live – or how long they live.

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April 1, 2015

81 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid

May 7, 2015

EBT now accepted at 4 summer farmers markets for SNAP/WIC beneficiaries

September 10, 2015

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (HBHM) is dedicated to providing you with important information.First Steering Committee Convened

September 24, 2015

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Partner Kick Off Event

October 9, 2015

Press Conference with Governor Raimondo and Director Alexander-Scott

November, 2015

EBT now accepted at 2 winter farmers markets for SNAP/WIC beneficiaries

February, 2016

Wood River Health Services first Health Center to implement 5210

March, 2016

All 5 community health centers in South County now have implemented Reach Out and Read

March 31, 2016

Bradford Community Forum held to share "Data Dive" results and engage local residents

June, 2016

Both local hospitals commit to collaborate on a Community Health Improvement Plan focused on behavioral health

August, 2016

Health Resources Services Administration designates Washington County a "Mental Health Shortage Area"

September, 2016

All 5 community health centers are implementing 5210

October, 2016

Begin roll out of youth mental health diversion project/offering same day or next day appts. instead of Emergency Dept.

October, 2016

South Kingstown & Westerly Land Trusts begin offering guided walks on first Saturdays of the month

October 26, 2016

Project LAUNCH training for area physicians to promote routine developmental screening

November, 2016

Quidnessett & Narragansett Elementary Schools begin BOKS before school running programs

November, 2016

Davisville Academy becomes 21st school in South County to implement 5210

December, 2016

Awarded RI Foundation grant to study why patients are seeking behavioral health care in local Emergency Depts.

December 31, 2016

513 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid

February 28, 2017

591 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid