Rhode Island's Experience Building Cross-Sector Partnerships

June 16, 2021

Schools are important pillars of our communities, providing at least 95% of U.S. children with a setting for learning, social interaction, and often times, access to health education and services. The shift to virtual schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many benefits of in-person education, including how positive relationships between children and school staff help improve academic achievements and mitigate poor health outcomes.

Rhode Island's state education and public health departments aligned their efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of youth during the pandemic. Through the innovative Education Department Operations Center, the two departments coordinated their response with local education agencies. ASTHO spoke with Nicole Alexander Scott, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Education, to hear about their collaboration. After watching this video, visit the Back2School Rhode Island website to learn more about their work.