NEWS & EVENTS
Local Return director (and community organizer) Raul Figueroa sat down with family physician, author, and long-time organizer Dr. Michael Fine. “Our job,” Dr. Fine said, “is to keep bringing people together in a new way so they experience their own agency and they experience their own power.”
For Central Falls, Rhode Island’s COVID-19 hot spot, some hope after a long, dark year “I want to at least have one Salsa Night this year,” Mayor Maria Rivera said. “I mean, I can dream, right?”
Vaccinations up, masks on: Rhode Island doctors hopeful for mild flu season: "I think we may have a quiet thing to celebrate in this otherwise difficult time," added Dr. Michael Fine, Central Falls' chief health strategist and author.
The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Latinos across Rhode Island, particularly in Central Falls where two thirds of the city’s 19,000 residents are Latinos. Rhode Island PBS Weekly explores how economic and health disparities are making COVID-19 difficult to control in these communities.
Abby Remer of Martha's Vineyard Times reviews Abundance: "Fine’s excellent characters bring the human cost of the Liberian civil war home. He makes it real. He makes it personal. And he writes a tale worth reading."
Publisher's Weekly reviews Health Care Revolt: "Fine persuasively demonstrates that the profit motive built into the patchwork of federal, state, and local programs that pass for healthcare in the U.S. leads to ballooning costs, gross inefficiency, and treatment for the privileged few instead of cost-effective prevention for the many...This book is an informative, insightful introduction to a complex topic." Read here.
Public health expert Michael Fine discusses the mishandling of the coronavirus, from the White House to the World Health Organization to the CDC and to the broader system of medicine in the US, which he argues is not a healthcare system, but a market.
T. P. Gariepy of Stonehill College, writes of Health Care Revolt, "This is a revolutionary book. The author incites readers to embark on an audacious revolution to convert the American medical market into the American health care system... Dr. Fine is realistic; he acknowledges that it will be decades before this goal is attained, but emphasizes that it is time to begin."
Ian Donnis hosts Chris Koller & Dr. Michael Fine. What's next for Care New England after the recent rejection of its merger with Lifespan;
Whether an out of state entity would be good for Rhode Island's hospital landscape;
How to bring more accountability into healthcare in state.
Dr. King’s birthday is Friday January 15. We are putting out a call. Let’s honor his memory and use his day to heal this nation. Let’s fast and fall silent, listening for the still small voice of that which remains great within us. Let’s gather and walk, in every city and town, silently. Let’s reflect on our own transgressions before our passions push this nation, and our democracy, over the edge.
John Land of The Providence Journal reviews Abundance: "Suavely and elegantly fashioned.... A thinking man’s thriller that makes Fine, a physician who was formerly director of the state Department of Health, the Ocean State’s own John le Carré."
URI Fall 2012 Honors Colloquium Michael Fine, MD discusses Rhode Island’s health care needs based on its changing demographics and the financial challenges associated with providing equitable healthcare.