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Fall Flag Football Schedule [updated]

Tri-Town Community Center is hosting the Fall Flag Football League, to be held at 33 Maple Ave. and Mazzulla Field at Johnston Memorial Park. Click the link above for the full schedule.


Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the Tri-Town Resource Guide.

Find Your Four and Help Tri-Town Become an Energy Champion

Tri-Town Community Action Agency is supporting the efforts of the Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four, a campaign through National Grid that asks each of us to take four actions in our homes to reduce our energy use and save money.

We are committed to getting 10% of our households to sign up.

Here's how to join the Challenge:

1. Go to and enter your name/email/town.

2. Under "Affiliation" select Tri-Town Community Action Agency

Then, pick four ways to save energy in your home -- and help Tri-Town become an Energy Champion!


Tri-Town Health Center Celebrates National Health Center Week 2015

Tri-Town Community Action Agency Health Center, with locations in Johnston and North Providence, marked National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW), from Aug. 9 to 15, 2015, to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.  The national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows health centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) as the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare.

“Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered medical home,” said Brenda Dowlatshahi, Tri-Town Chief Operating Officer and Health Center Director. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of integrated services onsite – preventive and primary care services, dentistry/oral health, and behavioral health services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what healthcare should be, and what we celebrate during NHCW.”

One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, Health Centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, with the further expansion of health care availability under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, that record of success has grown to incluide:

· Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities

· Reducing infant mortality rates

· Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings

· Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room 

· Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent

According to a 2014 study, Tri-Town Health Centers saved an estimated $7 million in costs to the local healthcare system and provided an overall economic impact of nearly $23 million in 2013, based on the number of direct jobs created and other jobs supported. Tri-Town Health Centers also provided nearly $3 million in tax revenue to local and state governments, further adding to its positive economic impact.

[See the complete report here.]

Hundreds of families and thousands of individuals also received critical help with food, utility payments, and other aid through referrals from the local health centers, explained Tri-Town CEO Joseph R. DeSantis.

“Our Health Center offices are often the first point of contact for people facing economic hardship, giving us the opportunity to bring the efforts of our agency to bear in solving the issues that their families face, ensuring that their households are more stable and further improving our patients’ chance for better health outcomes,” said DeSantis. “Because we also host an Affordable Care Act patient navigator, Tri-Town Community Action has given hundreds of families access to low-cost, high-quality health insurance that they would not have otherwise had.”

Tri-Town Health Centers are designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers [FQHC], which Dowlatshahi noted “means that we can recruit and hire qualified, experienced, and dedicated staff who bring their impressive skills to provide the highest-quality health care to our clients.”

Although local solutions, health centers need sustained federal investment to meet the growing demand for their services and help more Americans gain access to affordable healthcare.  To learn more about health centers and the #Access is the Answer campaign, please visit the following links:

 National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at

You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW15 on Twitter.


Tri-Town and South County Community Action Agencies

Celebrate 50 Years of Head Start

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Head Start, Tri-Town and South County Community Action Agencies this week released a video with reflections from CEO Joseph R. DeSantis and the directors of each agency’s program.

Since its official start with the signing of the original Head Start legislation by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, Head Start has grown into a national preschool program reaching nearly 1 million children,with about 25 percent of those enrolled in Early Head Start, aimed at ages birth to 3, according to the National Head Start Association.

In Rhode Island, Tri-Town and South County educate more than 300 children at eight sites, including about 60 in Early Head Start, and also survey parents to identify other support that the agencies can provide, DeSantis explained.

Both programs are currently recruiting new students. Contact Tri-Town Head Start at (401) 519-1979.
Tri-Town Community Action Agency  ·  1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919  ·  P: 401-351-2750  ·  F: 401-351-6611
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