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Passionate about health equity? We’re hiring!

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ONE Neighborhood Builders is seeking a qualified individual to help us to expand our place-based health equity and community-building strategies (see job description below).

Interested candidates must submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter, and compensation requirement to Allyson Plantz, Chief of Staff, at

ONE|NB is seeking a talented, energetic, mission-driven Director of Community Health Integration (DCHI). This new senior-level position will be an integral part of expanding the agency’s place-based health equity and community-building strategies targeted at tackling social and environmental determinants of health (e.g. housing conditions, economic opportunity, social cohesion, etc.). Primary responsibilities of the DCHI include resource development, grants management, partnership development with diverse stakeholders (e.g. health care systems, managed-care organizations, insurance companies, community-based organizations, public-sector agencies, anchor institutions, etc.), as well as, research and evaluation. Additionally, the DCHI will supervise ONE|NB’s existing full-time Health Equity Project Manager (HEPM), full-time Resident Engagement Project Manager (REPM), and part-time community health worker.

Health Equity & Community-Building Initiatives

ONE|NB has served as the “backbone” agency for the Olneyville Health Equity Zone (HEZ) for the past four years and is now poised to expand this work to three additional neighborhoods in Providence (Valley, Federal Hill, and Hartford). The HEZ is a collective-impact initiative involving more than a dozen community-based partners advancing an array of distinct, yet aligned, initiatives. ONE|NB ‘s HEPM leads the HEZ. The DCHI will work closely with the HEPM to establish priorities and strategies for the expanded HEZ, ensuring consistency with the agency’s approach to sustainable community development.

Concurrent with this expansion, in January 2019 ONE|NB embarked on a three-year initiative involving the training and deployment of four community health workers (housed at ONE|NB, the Childhood Lead Action Project, Providence Community Health Center, Integra Accountable Care Entity, and Providence Housing Authority) who are charged with engaging greater-Olneyville residents to improve overall neighborhood health outcomes and reduce the inappropriate use of clinical services. This initiative is in its nascent stage and so would require intensive program management and thoughtful refinement.

In July 2019, ONE|NB will be launching the “Central Providence” Village with Federal Hill House (FHH). This project is designed to help low-income seniors residing in the Valley, Hartford, and Federal Hill neighborhoods to age-in-place. Seniors will have access to a dedicated Village community health worker who will connect them to resources such as healthy, affordable food; the use of maintenance technicians for basic home repairs; transportation/accompaniment to health-related appointments; and programming at FHH to reduce social isolation. ONE|NB’s REPM will oversee the implementation of this project. The DCHI will be required to work closely with the REPM to liaise with Federal Hill House and the project funder, and ensure project outcomes are achieved according to the approved workplan.

Lastly, beginning in July 2019, ONE|NB will assume oversight of the D’Abate Learning Community, a 21st Century Community Learning Center in the Olneyville neighborhood. The D’Abate program is a year-round after-school and summer program operated by the Swearer Center at Brown University at William D’Abate Elementary School. ONE|NB will serve as the fiscal sponsor and take on substantial program oversight and reporting to the RI Department of Education. ONE|NB’s REPM will serve as the day-to-day supervisor for the 21st Century Community Learning Center project. The DCHI will work closely with the REPM to establish a management strategy and priorities for these endeavors, ensuring consistency with the agency’s existing health equity work.

Beyond leading these existing and new initiatives, the DCHI will work closely with the Executive Director as a thought-partner to identify other opportunities for expansion and to develop the agency’s policy agenda related to the intersection of heath and housing. S/he will do so by conducting research on national policies related to health & housing, defining strategic opportunities with municipal and state partners, organizing convenings with regional partners using Olneyville as a local case-study, piloting initiative(s) to re-invest reduced clinical expenditures in upstream interventions (i.e. housing), and hosting site visits/meetings with individuals seeking to learn about the agency’s related work.

This position must work collaboratively with ONE|NB’s other departments to support the implementation of other new initiatives.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and possess at least seven years of senior leadership experience in imagining, shaping, managing, and continuously improving community health and/or community-development initiatives. Additionally, she/he must have excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as, an exceptional talent for relationship development.

ONE|NB offers a robust benefits package (including health, dental, and vision insurance), a retirement plan with matching contribution, a generous allotment of paid holiday and personal/vacation time, flexibility to occasionally telecommute from home, and an inspiring & innovative organizational culture.

Persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.

ONE|NB seeks Financial Opportunity Project Manager

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ONE Neighborhood Builders is seeking a qualified individual to lead our homeownership promotion and financial education & counseling activities (see job description below).

Interested candidates must submit a statement of interest and resume, along with three professional references to Allyson Plantz, Chief of Staff, at

The Financial Opportunity Project Manager (FOPM) will report to the Executive Director as a member of the Program Division of the agency. This is a full-time, exempt employment opportunity. The schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday. The candidate must be able to work 11am-7pm at least three days per week and must be able to work 9am-5pm on Saturdays.

In 2019-2020 a primary activity of ONE|NB’s Financial Opportunity program will be to develop and implement sustainability strategies to increase earned-income and expand the client-base. The FOPM will be a key part of this work and must be comfortable working in an environment that is innovative, variable and fast-paced.

• Provide pre- and post- purchase counseling (in-person and by phone/Skype) to prospective/new homebuyers, with an emphasis on first-time buyers;
• Establish individualized counseling action plans with clients and provide referrals to partner agencies as needed;
• Independently teach series of financial capability and homeownership preparation courses in English and in Spanish;
• Refine course curricula using national best practices to meet evolving needs of clients;
• Track client interactions and action plan progress using web-based database;
• Lead relationship development efforts with prospective course participants and referral sources such as brokers, lenders, and others in the financial capability field to increase enrollment in ONE|NB courses;
• Lead development and implementation of new line of business that will involve financial capability and homeownership preparation courses as an employee-benefit program to Rhode Island companies;
• Support all of ONE|NB’s employees, and be a resource to help them realize their outcomes;
• Work with ONE|NB’s Resident Services Coordinator to support efforts to help the agency’s tenants remain compliant with lease obligations;
• Assist in tracking funder requirements and in the preparation and submission of appropriate reports.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following professional experience and characteristics:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
• At least five years of related professional experience
• Entrepreneurial and committed to expanding the Financial Opportunity program and increase the program’s earned income
• Committed to promoting financial well-being and homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate income residents
• Certified as a HUD housing counselor, or be willing and available to attend out-of-state training programs and successfully attain certification
• Empathy and ability to quickly build trust with clients
• Experience with adult education and/or case management preferred
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proficient in data entry and reporting using Salesforce, or ability and willingness to learn
• Bilingual (Spanish and English)

Health Equity Zones expand to Cranston, West End of Providence, East Providence

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The Health Equity Zone serving Olneyville will be expanding to serve adjacent neighborhoods in Federal Hill, Hartford and Valley, according to ONE Neighborhood Builders, the local HEZ backbone agency.

*Article written by Richard Asinof for ConvergenceRI,  Published May 6th, 2019.  See full article here.

PROVIDENCE – At a time when the two leading hospital systems in Rhode Island, Care New England and Lifespan, are engaged in an escalating war of words over plans by Partners Healthcare in Boston to merge with Care New England, one of the more significant news events when it comes to achieving better health outcomes is occurring well beneath the radar screen: the expansion of the innovative Health Equity Zone initiative to three more communities in Rhode Island, bringing the total number to 10 operating in the state.

On Monday, May 6, the R.I. Department of Health is slated to announce that the agency is expanding its support and funding for three new communities to establish Health Equity Zones, a community-driven collaborative approach to achieving better health outcomes – in East Providence, in Providence’s West End neighborhood, and in three census tracts of Cranston.

In awarding new Health Equity Zones, each of the successful applications were submitted by a municipal or nonprofit, community-based organization that will serve as the “backbone” agency for the local Health Equity Zone. In East Providence, the agency will be the East Bay Community Action program; in Cranston, the agency will be the Comprehensive Community Action Plan; and in the West End of Providence, the agency will be the West Elmwood Housing Corporation.

The initial steps undertaken by the new Health Equity Zones will be to facilitate a community-led process to organize a collaborative of community partners, to conduct a needs assessment, and implement a data-driven plan of action to address the obstacles to health and well being in local neighborhoods, with the R.I. Department of Health providing the seed funding for those activities.

The three new Health Equity Zones were chosen from nearly 20 applicants from communities across Rhode Island. Together, they will share in approximately $1.4 million in funding with seven existing Health Equity Zones that are receiving support to continue their work in local communities.

Braiding together resources
The five-year-old innovative initiative, launched in 2014, supports a place-based approach that brings people together to build healthy, resilient communities across Rhode Island, with an emphasis on health, not just health care.

The Health Equity Zone initiative is grounded in research that has demonstrated up to 80 percent of health outcomes are determined by factors outside clinical settings, such as access to affordable, healthy foods, high-quality education, employment opportunities and safe neighborhoods. The model encourages and equips community members and collaborative partners to create healthy places for people to live, learn, work and play.

“These communities are taking the forces that shape their health and well-being into their own hands,” said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the R.I. Department of Health, in a news release announcing the expansion plans. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish over the next few years as we continue to lift up this initiative up as a national model of how such an infrastructure led by community members can create the conditions needed for every person to thrive.”

At the same time, the current Health Equity Zone in Olneyville will be expanding its geographic reach, with plans to serve the adjacent neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Hartford and Valley in Providence. [See link below to ConvergenceRI story, “At home in the hub of Olneyville.”]

Funders are taking notice
The Rhode Island Foundation, in announcing $3.6 million in new health grants in the fall of 2018, put the focus of those awards in investments in health equity zones.

Similarly, the Working Cities Challenge initiative has been engaged in dialogue with the Health Equity Zone initiative to discuss ways to braid together and leverage resources to support efforts underway in Newport, Providence and now Cranston.

Ana Novais, the executive director at the R.I. Department of Health, said that the important takeaway from the new expansion of the Health Equity Zone initiative was the growing recognition of the importance of the role of health equity in addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.

Whatever health care system is designed or planned, Novais explained, there is now a growing recognition of “the importance of having community-led planning processes, community-led prioritization, and plans of action being driven and implemented by the community.”

Housing, education, and health, Novais continued, “All of those things that we often take for granted, and are at the root causes of inequalities, can only be properly addressed at the local levels. We continue to put that message forward. We want to do whatever we can to make sure that Health Equity Zones are seen as a key critical infrastructure at the local level. That is our vision.”

Novais added: “I hope that everyone can hear that. People are paying attention, locally and nationally.” During the recent legislative budget hearing, Novais reported that numerous people spoke up about how much they champion and appreciate the work being done by Health Equity Zones.

The innovative approach of Health Equity Zones pioneered in Rhode Island has also developed a growing national audience, thanks in part of Dr. Alexander-Scott’s presidency of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which she assumed in September of 2018.

In regard to the ongoing conversations about developing a statewide health plan and a statewide education plan, in which the Rhode Island Foundation is playing a leading role as a convener, Novais said it was important that healthy equity be fully integrated as part of those conversations.

“I think the message of health equity is that we all have equal opportunities to achieve the highest potential, regardless of where you start, regardless of your zip code [where you live], skin color, culture, accent, and language,” Novais said.

That is a message that should be central to any initiative in our state, she continued, whether it involves education, housing or health plans. “We see this as being our commitment to the agenda we put forward at whatever table we sit at. We bring that message, and we make sure that it is heard and that it is integrated into the plans. Yes, it is important.”

Kim Dennin, AmeriCorps VISTA, talks National Service Recognition Day

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April 2nd has been designated as National Service Recognition Day. This day is specifically focused on recognizing the work done by AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers. AmeriCorps has three different programs: AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State and National, and AmeriCorps VISTA. I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for ONE Neighborhood Builders, and am a little over six months into my year of service.

Despite the vast number of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers many people have either never heard of the program, or do not know about its fascinating history. The history of the VISTA program actually began on March 1, 1961 when President Kennedy established the Peace Corps through an executive action. The Peace Corps is devoted to foreign service, and so in November 1962, President Kennedy commissioned a task force to explore the possibility of a national service program, modeled after the Peace Corps, whose purpose would be to assist Americans afflicted by poverty. Just a couple of months later, in February 1963, President Kennedy decided to push Congress to create a national service program known as the National Service Corps (NSC). Despite his efforts, the legislation failed to pass the House of Representatives and was never enacted into law.

After the assassination of President Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President. In his first State of the Union address he introduced the War on Poverty and discussed the need for the creation “of a national service corps to help the economically handicapped of our own country as the Peace Corps helps those abroad”. In August 1964, President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act. This marked the beginning of many initiatives including Head Start, Job Corps, Legal Services, Community Action Program, and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). VISTA was established as an anti-poverty program authorized under Title 6 – Administration and Coordination.

On December 12, 1964, President Johnson welcomed the first VISTA volunteers, stating “Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort, and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man”. The first group of volunteers consisted of 24 people, representing 15 different states, ranging in age from 21 to 71. The first VISTA initiatives included remedial education programs, youth counseling, housing programs, sanitation and hygiene programs, food distribution, migrant worker services, establishing community service centers, and farmer assistance programs. Six months after the start of the program, VISTA trained its 1,000th volunteer, and after a year, VISTA had over 1,400 volunteers serving in 412 locations in 39 states, including the District of Columbia.

Other short-term service programs were eventually introduced within VISTA, including the Summer Associates Program and Citizen Corps. These programs focus on recruiting local volunteers already living in impoverished areas which the VISTA programs target.

The VISTA program soon began to gain prominence. In 1967, a documentary about VISTA, A Year Towards Tomorrow, won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. The film, directed by Edmund Levy and narrated by Paul Newman, follows the lives and work of three VISTA volunteers over their year of service. In 1970 another documentary, Before the Mountain was Moved, was nominated for an Academy Award. The documentary was based on the true story of VISTAs who served in West Virginia in 1966 and depicted the struggle of the residents of Raleigh County in protecting their land from the devastating effects of strip mining.

VISTA volunteers were also involved in many significant moments in U.S. history:

  • In July 1967, riots broke out in the Detroit over violence, deplorable housing conditions, and inadequate services. Over 200 VISTAs were deployed to Detroit in response to the rioting. They addressed rat infestations in existing housing, conducted needs assessments, organized and cleaned up affected neighborhoods, and organized food distributions.
  • In November 1967 over 4,000 VISTA volunteers learned that, due to congressional inaction over the budget, VISTA was temporarily unable to pay their stipends. As a result, local sites, charities, and even adversarial landlords offered food, rent, and support to the volunteers.
  • On April 10, 1968, VISTA volunteers were asked to stand vigil at the casket of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. VISTA Volunteer James Johnson carried the U.S. flag that preceded the procession from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College.

1970 saw a shift in VISTA due to the election of President Nixon and changes in policy in the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).

  • In June 1970, former and current VISTAs organized to form the National VISTA Alliance which advocated for VISTA during funding crises and restrictive policy changes.
  • Later that year, VISTA volunteers engaged in protest activities including marches and petitions, and demonstrations in Texas, Alaska, and several Appalachian states over fair wages, land rights, union organizing, and working conditions. Officials demanded the removal of VISTA from some sites and internal OEO policy changes began to take shape to reduce funding and minimize advocacy activity.
  • 1970 saw a shift in the emphasis of VISTA, moving from community organizing and advocacy towards direct service and capacity building.
  • In that same year, VISTA identified 5 program emphasis areas for new projects: health, education and manpower, economic development, community planning, and general services.
  • In 1971, Nixon created a new federal agency called ACTION to support and grow volunteer activity. Eventually, VISTA and many other programs were transferred to this agency.
  • In 1973, VISTA’s purpose changed from a “War on Poverty” initiative to a national service program with a greater emphasis on the member experience.

In 1975, VISTA celebrated its 10th anniversary at which point over 35,000 people had served in the program. During this period, VISTA activities emphasized capacity building (such as volunteer generation and resource mobilization). This has continued to be the emphasis of VISTA to this day. Six years later, Regan administration officials notified VISTA employees that VISTA would be eliminated by 1983, in part because of its history of engaging in advocacy. Despite this, the program continued through the help of Congressional allies and powerful advocacy groups. The focus of VISTA shifted to strictly local volunteers providing direct service. Capacity building initiatives were brought back with amendments to the Domestic Volunteer Act in 1984.

In 1990, President Bush signed the National and Community Service Act (NCSA) which began a period of expansion for VISTA. Then President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act (NCSTA) of 1993 into law. This created the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency overseen by a bipartisan board of directors. ACTION programs were folded into CNCS and VISTA became integrated within the overall AmeriCorps program. In 1995, AmeriCorps VISTA celebrated its 30th anniversary and entered into a period of prosperity and stability.

In 2015, VISTA celebrated its 50th anniversary, and is still continuing to grow. Volunteers have continually provided much needed services to this country. So on this National Service Recognition Day, I encourage you to take time to reflect on how your life might have been impacted by the efforts of domestic volunteers and, how you can give back to your country through national service.

Making an impact – one house at a time

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Blog post written by Jessica David and published by the Rhode Island Foundation on Monday, November 19, 2018. Read the full story, and more, here.

“Impact investing is about aligning financial investments with mission,” says Jessica David, executive vice president of Strategy and Community Investments at the Foundation. Last year, we began investing, beyond traditional grant making efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return. Our goal is to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment in these types of investments. One Neighborhood Builders (ONB) is one of these investments.

Its Protecting Providence Property (P3) program is a pilot effort to develop an alternative method to provide affordable homes for “missing middle” income households – like those earning between $45,000 and $75,000 for a family of four.

“There is a group of Rhode Islanders not being served by typical affordable housing opportunities,” says ONB Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins. “Their income is too high to qualify for most subsidies but they make too little to afford market-rate housing.”

In the P3 pilot, ONB will purchase and rehab six properties in Providence (targeting Olneyville and Elmwood) and rent them to households in this missing middle. ONB hopes that, with its support, families will be able to purchase their properties as they build up housing security, financial capability, and savings.

“It would be fantastic if we could own this house one day.”

        — Eddie Vega

Eddie Vega and Waleska Chinea just moved into 7 Ticknor Street, the first of ONB’s P3 homes. They had to squeeze in the move around Eddie’s work schedule: six days a week, from 4 a.m. until whenever he finishes making deliveries for Yale Appliance & Lighting.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Eddie and Waleska came to Providence 11 years ago. She is 43, Eddie is 35. She reveals that she has known Eddie since he was a baby – their fathers played baseball together.

While living in a small apartment in the Hartford neighborhood, Waleska was longing to live in a house – a house with a yard where her grandchildren could play.

She discovered the Ticknor Street listing on Hotpad, contacted ONB, and looked at the property that same day. “It has always been my dream to have a house,” she says. Her dream came true two weeks later when, their application reviewed and approved, she and Eddie were handed the keys to the home where they now live with 11-year-old son, Jeddik.

“We found an angel in this program,” says Waleska. “We would not have been able to do this without them.”

“It would be fantastic if we could own this house one day,” adds Eddie, with a broad smile.

Former Providence knife factory finds new life as housing

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Article published by the Providence Journal on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

$22-million affordable housing project at 60 King St. is completed with 60 units

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Between 1958 and 1988, hundreds of employees worked at the Imperial Knife Factory in Olneyville, manufacturing folding pocket knives, stainless steel cutlery and tableware.

Today, that same mill building boasts 60 new apartments for families of varying income levels.

“In the coming weeks, 60 families will come home to a beautiful apartment here,” said Dan Drazen, project manager for Trinity Financial, the developer of the $22-million affordable housing project at 60 King St., where politicians and housing officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

Forty-seven of the 60 units will be rented to families earning 60 percent of the area median income, which is up to $43,400 for a family of three. Seven will be rented to families earning 30 percent of the area median income, or up to $21,700 for a family of three. The remaining six units will be priced at market-rate levels, and there are five Section 8 vouchers available for the building. Section 8 is a federally-funded program that subsidizes housing for qualifying tenants.

The first 15 families are scheduled to move in on Thursday, according to Reza Aghamirzadeh, head of community development at Citizens Bank, a key investor in the project.

Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was one in a string of recent ribbon cuttings at housing complexes around the state.

Last Friday, Rhode Island Housing, the state’s housing finance agency, announced the completion of renovations for 128 affordable apartments in Providence. On Monday, the agency cut the ribbon at the Branch Blackstone Development, a group of 46 rental homes for low- and moderate-income families in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

On Thursday, Rhode Island Housing will announce the completion of 96 affordable housing units in the Pascoag neighborhood of Burrillville.

But the development at 60 King St. represents not only the addition of 60 apartments to Providence, but the ongoing transformation of one of the capital city’s most rapidly-changing neighborhoods.

In recent years, Olneyville has seen many of its abandoned mills refurbished and repurposed into apartments and artists’ lofts as well as the construction of parks, a bike path and green space along the Woonasquatucket River.

“This transformation that you’re seeing here today is part of a 20-year effort,” said Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Housing. “Today we have a reclaimed river, a park where children play and do summer programming and grow food in the garden, rental housing, home ownership, senior housing, and today we add yet another piece — 60 King St.”

In the process of improving the neighborhood, Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, the agency that originally purchased the land at 60 King St. for development, said it’s important to make sure residents aren’t pushed out of the community.

“We really want to do it in such a way that the existing residents and existing businesses can stay here and flourish and not get kicked out,” she said.

ONE Neighborhood Builders does this by placing properties into the state’s Community Housing Land Trust, which ensures they remain affordable in perpetuity, Hawkins said. Also, when there are opportunities to lease ground floors of residential buildings for commercial use, Hawkins said her agency tries to find local businesses or nonprofits to rent to.

ONE Neighborhood Builders also has site control of land across the street from 60 King St., where Hawkins said her team is looking to develop King Street Commons, a project that will include 30 additional affordable units as well as four Head Start classrooms. Head Start is a federally-funded early education program for children of low-income families.

“We really believe that a comprehensive response to community development is the best way of going about it,” she said. ”…the success of Providence and the success of Rhode Island are inextricably linked to the success of its neighborhoods.”


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ONE|NB Awarded $600,000 by RI Foundation to Further HEZ Initiatives Addressing Social Determinants of Health

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Left to right: Larry Warner (Strategic Initiative Officer: Healthy Lives, RI Foundation), Neil Steinberg (President & CEO, RI Foundation), Ana Novais (Executive Director, RIDOH), Jennifer Hawkins (Executive Director, ONE|NB), Robert McMahon (Board Chair, ONE|NB), Allyson Plantz (Chief of Staff, ONE|NB), Lorraine Lalli (Board member, ONE|NB), Rochelle Lee (Board member, ONE|NB), Elmer Stanley (Board member, ONE|NB), Allegra Scharff (Community Building Manager, ONE|NB), and Kimberly Dennin (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, ONE|NB).

$3.6M in grants to combat health disparities announced by Rhode Island Foundation

Article published by the Providence Journal on Friday, October 19, 2018. Read more about this story on ABC6, Latino Public Radio, and PBN.

The grants, to six nonprofit organizations, will compliment efforts by the state Department of Health and other entities to reduce rates of illness and chronic disease that are higher in poorer areas of the state.

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Rhode Island Foundation president and CEO Neil D. Steinberg on Friday morning announced $3.6 million in foundation grants aimed at reducing health disparities in more than a dozen Rhode Island town and cities.

The grants, to six recipients, will complement efforts by the state Department of Health and other entities to reduce rates of illness and chronic disease that are higher in poorer areas of the state. People of color and with those with lower levels of education are disproportionately affected.

“Roughly 75 percent of your health status is influenced by social, economic and environmental factors related to where you live,” Steinberg told state, local and community leaders during a gathering at Progreso Latino. “Living a healthy life is more likely when you are part of a community that promotes health and healthy choices.”

“By working to address the underlying factors in communities that have the great effects on health outcomes, these grant recipients and Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zones are working to ensure that each and every Rhode Islander has an equal opportunity to live a long, full, healthy life,” health department Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, who is recovering from a sports injury, said in a media release distributed at the announcement.

Each of the six beneficiaries selected from 39 applicants will receive $600,000. They are: Progreso Latino; ONE Neighborhood Builders, Providence; South County Health, South Kingstown; Thundermist Health Center of West Warwick; Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket; and the Women’s Resource Center, Newport.

“There is massive need,” said Progreso Latino executive director Mario Bueno. “A large percentage of residents live in poverty and are not fluent in English. They are disproportionately affected by social, economic and health disparities.”

Steinberg said the ambition of the grants and the efforts they enhance are “improving heath outcomes for Rhode Islanders, providing better healthcare, lower costs. … The strategies include increasing primary-care access, utilization and the quality of the care. Expanding alternative-care models and collaborations … and addressing the social determinants of health.”

Also, “improve the patient experience. Any of us — any of you — who have been patients know it’s not easy to navigate … how complex the healthcare system is. You couldn’t take a blank piece of paper and come up with something that’s more complex.”

Ana Novais, the health department’s executive director, said the grants “recognize the foundational work that we’ve been talking about as a health department through the health equity zones, the focus on the social determinants of health. … We can indeed make a difference. It is not a dream, it’s a reality that can be done when people and communities come together.”

Said Bueno: “It takes a village, and that’s why the health equity zones are so important, and that’s why this investment is so important to our multiple communities.”

The Journal has examined health disparities in stories and series, most recently earlier this month in “Health disparities in R.I.: Wellness tied to race, income, education and ZIP code.”


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ONE|NB is hiring!

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Now accepting applications for a full-time Program Associate. This individual would perform a range of essential office support functions from managing external communications to office administration and executive assistance (see description below). Interested applicants please e-mail a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Allyson at

The Program Associate is responsible for a range of essential office support functions for ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB), a non-profit community development organization based in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. This is a full-time position, with a competitive salary and full employee benefit package. The Program Associate reports to the Chief of Staff (COS).

External Communications
• Compile and update resident demographic and neighborhood data
• Gather ‘good news’ stories from program staff for use in all communications
• Coordinate documentation for/of events, activities, etc. for use in publications, media, etc. and ensure appropriate releases are signed and filed; maintain graphics & photo files
• Assist with coordination and editing for marketing and donor communication vehicles both on and offline, including but not limited to newsletters, eNewsletters, donor appeals, etc.
• Manage content and images on ONE|NB’s website
• Manage ONE|NB’s social media presence via Facebook, email marketing, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
• Assist the COS in developing & updating general and program brochures, media kits, key messages, fact sheets, & other collateral material as needed

Executive Assistance
• Inform the COS of/schedule upcoming ED commitments; ensure appropriate and timely communication with all participants
• Assist the COS in preparing materials for all “critical path” ED meetings (e.g. meetings with current or potential ONE|NB partners, ONE|NB’s Board of Directors, Board Committees, funders, government officials, peer executives, etc.)
• Assist the Executive Director (ED)/COS with drafting narrative content for grant proposals and grant reports, as needed
• Work with the ED/COS to plan and execute neighborhood tours, partner site visits, and similar events
• Other duties as assigned

Office Administration
• Maintain office equipment, including all technology (computers, stamp machine, and copiers); serve as a secondary point of contact with these vendors
• Coordinate schedule for use of conference room
• Maintain Public Contacts database in Outlook
• Assist with photocopying, mailing, word processing and data entry as needed for all staff members, as approved by the COS or ED
• Make deliveries, run errands and conduct other administrative tasks as needed
• Maintain all centralized files
• Order office supplies and maintain inventory of supplies, as approved by the ED

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
• At least two years of experience working in office administration in a fast-paced environment
• College degree preferred
• Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Highly organized, proactive, and resourceful
• Polite, patient, and dispassionate/professional in all communications (internal and external)
• Passionate and committed to the vision and values of ONE|NB
• Flexibility to work nights and weekends, as needed
• Grant writing and/or experience managing external communications preferred

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities,
duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and
activities may change at any time or without notice.

Unveiling of the 2B1 Neighborhood Sculpture

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Introducing the 2B1 Neighborhood sculpture (sponsored by Standard Communities), created by RISD artist Vaite Boosie. This sculpture was commissioned to commemorate the projects and initiatives that ONE|NB and it’s partners have achieved in Olneyville and Elmwood over the past 30 years. The piece mixes architectural elements from a traditional New England house with the overall structure of ONE|NB’s small home prototype; thus, celebrating the past and inspiring the future. Thanks to everyone who brought an item representing “community” to our 30th Anniversary Celebration to contribute to this meaningful work of art. It is now on display in our conference room at 66 Chaffee Street. Come check it out!

Here’s to 30 more!

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One final BIG THANK YOU to all of the guests and sponsors that came out to support us last Friday in celebration of our 30th anniversary. It was a packed house and it was so wonderful to be with friends, family, and key community partners on such a special day! We have accomplished a lot over the last three decades because of your collaboration & support, and we are so excited to see what the future will hold. Hats off to: Roger Williams UniversityFood4Good, Lynch & Greenfield, LLP, Bank of America, Standard CommunitiesOcean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL)LISC Rhode IslandNational Equity FundThe Journey to Hope, Health & HealingFirst Realty Management Corp., and all of the other organizations and people that have supported us in one way or another over the years. Here’s to 30 more!