Aidea Downie is a Masters of Public Health student at Brown University who has served as a health administrator at the RI Department of Health since 2019. She received both a B.A in Anthropology and History and a M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Brown. At University, she co-founded and became the Regional Manager of a RI prison education support program. She went on to serve as the RI Department of Health Family Visiting and Title V Block Grant Program Needs Assessment Coordinator. In this position, she utilize data, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews and coordinated across statewide agencies to help RI formulate revisions to the Family Visiting Program and understand where programmatically to strategically invest the 1.8 million Maternal Child Health Block Grant. Now, as the RIDOH Disparities Specialist, and RI Title V Program Manager, Aidea Downie plans, administers, and reports on RI’s Maternal Child Health (MCH) priorities through integrating state and community-level action to improve the well-being of mothers, infants, children, children with special needs, and RI’s families. She focuses on addressing the social and environmental determinants of health that lead to health disparities, Aidea conducts consistent and meaningful stakeholder engagement and mobilizes support and advocacy at all levels to create and sustain key MCH interventions.
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