Tossing Confetti for Kids

A Newport party planner helps children celebrate birthdays during hospital stays.

Event planner Stephanie Frazier Grimm understands the importance of a good party, especially if it’s a birthday. But in 2010, when her premature godson spent the first weeks of his life in a neonatal intensive care unit, Grimm learned just how little a birthday matters in the hospital. A preemie in a nearby room, who spent a year in intensive…

Ballerina, M.D.

Colleen Cavanaugh, an East Providence OB/GYN, fused her two passions when she founded Part of the Oath, a contemporary ballet company that performs dances inspired by breast cancer, nutrition and bullying.

You began your career as a professional dancer. Why did you decide to enroll in medical school? I was in New York dancing, and I started thinking, “As I get older, what else do I want to do?” Dancing is a short career. I initially thought about physical therapy, and so I took some science courses at Hunter College in…

Bike to Work Day Events in Rhode Island

Leave the car at home and ride your bike on Friday.

Friday, May 16, 2014 is National Bike to Work Day, so dress accordingly, ditch your car and hop aboard your bicycle to pedal your way to work on two wheels instead of four. Newport and Providence are both embracing the day with activities for two-wheeled commuters. 6−9 a.m., in Newport: The day will kick off in Newport with a community…

Allergy Play

A developing game teaches kids how to have fun with their peanut allergies.

The computer game works like any other: A solo player racks up points to buy new fish, plants and accessories for a virtual fish tank. But, unlike Minecraft or Fruit Ninja, this interactive software helps children ages eight to twelve manage their peanut allergies. “In the past five to ten years, there’s been a big increase in the number of…

Family Time

The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island was instrumental in pushing forward Rhode Island’s paid family leave policy, enacted in January. The policy offers job-protected time off for new parents as well as foster parents and people caring for ill family members.

When did the Women’s Fund start working on the paid family leave initiative? The Women’s Policy Institute, which is supported by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, determined that paid family leave would be the focal point of 2011. In 2013, we launched the We Care RI Coalition to help advocate for paid family leave through temporary caregiver insurance (TCI)….

A Bike Tour of Jamestown

Exploring the seaside town on two wheels.

As the weather gets warmer and nature awakens from its wintertime slumber, there’s no better time to roll out the bikes. This tiny island offers the perfect terrain for beginners and seasoned riders alike with nature, shops and restaurants to explore along the way. Start out at the Conanicut Marina. There’s free two-hour parking and plenty of sailing action to…

A Clean Release

A popup recovery community center inside the women’s ACI teaches inmates how to stay sober on the outside.

Tarah Dorsey gets her strength from her sisters. A powerhouse of a woman with constellations of tattoos stretched across honey brown arms, Dorsey has the presence of someone who’s been there. So when she tells you you’re worth it, you’d better believe her. “I remember this one girl, I looked at her and I could tell she was an addict,”…

Community Health

Students from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School launched the state’s first clinic for asylum seekers.

Left to right: William, Josh, Andy, Caitlyn, Rebecca. Andy Hoang was seven years old when he began his remarkable climb from asylum seeker to asylum clinic co-founder. “My father was a captain in the South Vietnamese army,” twenty-seven-year-old Hoang, a first-year medical student at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, explains. “When Vietnam fell, he was imprisoned for five or six…

Bad Manners Cancer

A local artist branded her cancer and started living.

Kim Turner Clark huddles over a desk in the corner of her warm Hope Artiste Village studio, toying with a new creation. Her wispy gray hair, unceremoniously pulled away from her face, catches the late-winter light emptying in from massive windows above. Clark, age fifty, is the industrious woman behind the accessories line LuckyBird Studios, the biannual craft fair Craftopia…

Celebrate Recovery the Rhody Way

Five-K, BBQ, balloon animals or yoga, anyone?

Rhode Island’s recovery community is a vivacious one. The Phoenix House, which offers an array of substance abuse prevention and treatment services, is channeling that celebratory spirit for Run! Walk! Ride! — For the Health of It! a family-friendly day this Saturday in sunny South County. Here’s more: WHO: Everybody. The public is invited to celebrate life, health, wellness and…