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In this inspiring VIRTUAL weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time.

Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at

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On Wednesday, March 25, we will welcome Dr. Michael Fine, who will provide a high-level perspective on COVID-19 and public health. 

About Dr. Michael Fine

Michael Fine is a writer, a community organizer, a family physician, and a public health provocateur. He is currently Chief Health Strategist to Mayor James Diossa and the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island, and Senior Clinical and Population Health Services Officer of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., which together opened the first Neighborhood Health Station in the US, in February of 2019. He served in the Cabinet of Governor Lincoln Chafee as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) from February of 2011 until March of 2015, overseeing a broad range of public health programs and services.


On Wednesday, April 1, we will welcome Andy Posner of Capital Good Fund, who will share information about Capital Good Fund’s programs, including their new Crisis Relief Loan.

About Andy Posner

Andy Posner founded Capital Good Fund in February of 2009 while getting his Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Brown University, where he was studying financing mechanisms for clean energy. He created Capital Good Fund with an eye toward using financial services to tackle endemic poverty, first in Rhode Island, and then nationwide. Andy’s work has been featured in Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, the Providence Phoenix, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s quarterly publication, the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, CNN and other print, radio and television media. He is also proud to be the Treasurer of the national Board of Directors of the Credit Builders Alliance, an organization of which Capital Good Fund is a member, as well as a member of the Board of the Community Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest nonprofit lenders in America.


Cultivating Caring Communities for our Elders

The COVID-19 crisis has shed a bright light on the social isolation that many Seniors face every day. Join the conversation to learn what resources are out there for our Seniors and how we can cultivate a culture of caring in our own communities. On Wednesday, April 8, we will welcome Deborah Burton of RI Elder Info, who will speak about the impact of COVID-19 on the senior population.

About Deb Burton

Deborah Burton has worked in various roles in healthcare, public health research and elder advocacy for over 30 years. She has given presentations for dozens of groups who want to learn more about aging safely in the community, what to look for when selecting a long term care facility, and recognizing and reporting elder abuse. Deborah holds a Master of Science in Gerontology in the Management of Aging Services and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and an inductee of Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology. She is also a member of Congressman Langevin’s “Senior Advisory Committee” and regularly participates in the RI Lieutenant Governor’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC), the Rhode Island Elder Mental Health and Addiction Coalition (RIEMHAC), and the Rhode Island Minority Elder Task Force (RIMETF).


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