With Rhode Island identified as having one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the country - including alcohol dependence or abuse, binge alcohol use, and use of illicit drugs - Care New England is partnering with community resources in a public awareness and engagement campaign, Together Make it Better.
Part of the CNE Talks Health public education series, Together Make it Better, is a two-month campaign focused on addictions and recovery that will kick off at the national Rally 4 Recovery event being held in downtown Providence on Saturday, September 21, from 2 to 7pm. The Rally, which began in 2002, serves to foster a culture of recovery in Rhode Island, supporting the belief that everyone has a right to, and is capable of, recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.
"The Rally is a great opportunity for Care New England to join with other health care providers to educate the community on how they can enjoy better health," explains May Kernan, senior vice president of Marketing Communications for Care New England. "Each of CNE's facilities brings unique strengths and expertise to bear on this important health topic, and we want to share that with the people of Rhode Island and ask them to join with us in making it better for addiction recovery in our state."
Through Together Make it Better, Care New England will help educate the community about addictions and show the variety of services available in this area. This includes information on:
- Addictions During Pregnancy
- Impact on co-workers, friends, family and loved ones
The CNE effort will include an enhanced web presence, videos featuring system experts and a heightened social media presence.
Beginning at the Rally and continuing through Thanksgiving, the Together Make it Better campaign will encourage all members of our community to join the fight against addictions by making a personal promise to build awareness and break down the stigma and misconception surrounding addictions and recovery.
"Together Make it Better is an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to inspire one another to change the course of addictions and recovery in our state by publicly sharing ways they will support a friend or family member who is struggling, help their children understand the risks, and bring hope to all who are impacted by this illness that affects so many in Rhode Island," said Patti Melaragno, director of Marketing Communications at Butler Hospital.
To make a promise or for more information, people can visit togethermakeitbetter.com.
CNE Talks Health is a community-focused campaign, sponsored by Care New England, which offers the expertise of its physicians and staff on various health topics.