Police Data and Public Health
Released June 1, 2021
This release included a discussion with invited experts, including Dr. Sean Varano, a professor of criminology at Roger Williams University. The discussion focused on the challenges of obtaining/analyzing policing data on policy as well as future directions for community members/policymakers.
Citing their difficulty in obtaining data on policing in Rhode Island, the authors of the policy brief posit that the Providence Police Department including crime statistics in their open data portal. Further the authors suggest the Providence police department report the number of people who die while in police custody and/or during police interactions. These data can be used by Rhode Island residents/policymakers to assess the equability and effectiveness of public safety policies and advocate for necessary change.
Debunking Vaccine Myths: Covid-19
Released June 3, 2021
This release included a discussion with invited experts, including three public health experts, Patrick Vivier, MD, MPH, John Fulton, PhD, and Paula Foster, RN, BSN. The discussion focused on the challenges of obtaining/analyzing policing data on policy as well as future directions for community members/policymakers.
Watch the discussion live here!
Given the pressing need to vaccinate as many U.S. citizens as possible to control the progression and impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the authors of the policy brief provide a brief overview of the purpose of vaccine immunization against Covid-19, the personal and community benefit of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine and its importance. In addition, readers can find an overview of the vaccine development process and which populations have been involved in clinical trials of the vaccine. Lastly, the brief debunks common myths about the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that Rhode Island residents can feel confident in getting the vaccine and correct any inaccurate information people might have about the scientifically proven safety of the vaccine.