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Christie Rishworth
Interim Director/Nurse Practitioner

Health Services Staff

(401) 456-8055

LOCATION

Browne Hall (BH)
Residence Halls
(Find us on campus)

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RIC HOPE Line

Do you feel distressed? Do you wish to speak with someone? Please call the 24/7 Rhode Island College HOPE line: 401-456-HOPE (4673). The HOPE line is in addition to the counseling center and has been established to provide continuous support to our campus community. Please note that if you are in need of immediate support, please dial 911 and proceed to your local emergency room.​​​


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Health Services

Health Services Staff

T​he mission of Rhode Island College Health Services is to provide confidential and holistic primary health care to enhance the academic potential of our students.

Each student encounter is an opportunity to educate about prevention and risk reduction to promote life-long healthy choices. Health Services is committed to providing high quality, accessible and cost effective services in a non-judgmental atmosphere that values diversity and respects individuality.

Office Hours

Effective Fall, 2018:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
Summer and breaks:
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: (401) 456-8055 Fax: (401) 456-8890​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Influenza Vaccine Clinic
Students, Faculty and Staff (ages 17+)

Wednesday - October 9, 2019
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

To Register: Log on to www.thewellcomp.com
Scroll down to: Register Now
Click: Flu​
Click: Worksite
Enter Login ID: ric
Click here for event flyer​.


HEALTH ADVISORY (Mosquitos - EEE)

Please Contact Health Services with questions or concerns (401-456-8055)

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:

There have been documented cases of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) in the state of RI, namely in Central Falls and Westerly.  Even though cases of EEE are rare, we want to encourage everyone in our RIC community to use preventative measures to protect themselves from this serious illness.

How does one get infected?
Mosquitoes are carriers (vectors) for many diseases, including West Nile Virus (WNV)Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and Zika Virus. The species of mosquitoes that carry WNV and EEE are found in Rhode Island and bite until the first heavy frost (usually the end of October).

How can you protect yourself:

  • Put screens on windows and doors. Fix screens that have holes.
  • At sunrise and sundown (when mosquitoes who carry WNV or EEE are most active), minimize outside activities. If you must be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and use bug spray. If you are traveling to a Zika Virus area, the species of mosquitoes that carry Zika Virus are active throughout the day (dawn through dusk) and are most active at midday.
  • Use bug spray with at least 20% DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). Make sure that bug spray does not have more than 30% DEET. Do not use bug spray with DEET on infants. MORE
  • Put mosquito netting over playpens and baby carriages.

List of symptoms to look out for:  If these occur, please seek medical care as soon as possible. You may seek care at Health Services (during office hours) or with your PCP, or you may visit an Urgent Care or Emergency Room:

  • An abrupt onset of chills, fever, generally unhealthy feeling
  • Joint pain and muscle pain
  • Urgent symptoms: Fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, bluish discoloration, convulsions and coma.

Please see the link below from the RI Department of Health and the CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/

EEE is active in Rhode Island. Details in RIDOH's Arbovirus Activity Update​.


HEALTH ADVISORY – MENINGITIS B Vaccine Clinic

Rhode Island College is pleased to offer a MENINGITIS B Vaccine Clinic. RIC Strongly recommends 2-3 doses of Meningitis B vaccine prior to college.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 12-2:30pm
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Participants: Ages 16-23

Please Register At: https://fs30.formsite.com/thewellcomp/RICMENING/index.html

"If I had a meningitis vaccine when I was younger, do I still need a Meningitis B vaccine?"
Most likely. Meningitis B is NOT the same meningitis that most children are vaccinated against as adolescents.

"Have there been outbreaks of Meningitis B?"
While outbreaks of Meningitis B are rare, they are very serious. Between 2013 and 2015, there were four outbreaks of Meningitis B disease reported on US college campuses. These ultimately led to two deaths.

https://meningitisbactionproject.org/download-resources​

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Page last updated: September 11, 2019