EBCAP names Gleason East Providence Health Equity Zone director

Program being jointly funded by state departments

Posted 7/28/21

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) has named Alyssa Gleason as the East Providence Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Director.

The Rhode Island Executive Office …

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EBCAP names Gleason East Providence Health Equity Zone director

Program being jointly funded by state departments

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) has named Alyssa Gleason as the East Providence Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Director.

The Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recently announced $775,000 in funding for six teams participating in Rhode to Equity - an innovative opportunity made available through EOHHS's Health Systems Transformation Project (HSTP) and RIDOH, including one in East Providence.

The East Providence HEZ is partnering with the East Bay Community Action Program and Integrated Health Partners to continue their efforts from the Diabetes Health Equity Challenge to continue their Produce to People program, connecting individuals managing diabetes with fresh produce.

The intent of the 12-month learning and action collaborative is to provide the teams an opportunity to test and evaluate strategies that will build leadership and operational capacity for clinical-community linkages and to enhance place-based initiative’s ability to improve both health and social outcomes.

Prior to joining HEZ, Gleason was the Senior Planning and Program Development Specialist for the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. In this role, she managed the Rhode Island Livable Homes Modification Program and directed outreach and communication efforts for the Commission. Gleason earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island and a M.Sc. in Public Health from Indiana State University.

As the Project Director for the East Providence HEZ, Gleason will collaborate with residents, city officials, and other community stakeholders to implement a data-driven plan of action to address the unique social, economic, and environmental factors impacting the health and wellness of East Providence residents.

“Alyssa’s years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and community engagement will help fortify East Providence HEZ’s already strong presence in the community,” states Rita Capotosto, EBCAP’s V.P. of Family Development. “She will also help guide the project as it works with EBCAP, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Health Department’s state-wide network of HEZs to build a healthier, more resilient City of East Providence.”

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