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Virginia Paine

Adjunct Professor

My Story

Currently, Ms. Paine is employed at the RI Department of Health where she manages the Chronic Disease Control Program to prevent and control diabetes and heart disease. Previous to that position, she established the first adult immunization program for the state and received recognition for her efforts to develop programs to provide H1N1 flu vaccines to Rhode Islanders during the 2010 pandemic.

Prior to her employment at the Department of Health, Ms. Paine worked as the Health and Nutrition Coordinator at Woonsocket Head Start and Child Care. During her tenure there, she was appointed as an evaluator and traveled around the country to assess the program performance of Head Start programs. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Northern RI Area Health Education Center and was appointed by Governor Carcieri as a public member of the Board of Examiners in Dentistry in 2005. She also served on the Child Immunization Coalition and received an Excellence in Care of Rhode Island's Children award from the Department of Health.

Me. Paine is a registered nurse and has provided skilled nursing services and care management to homebound patients recently discharged from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.  Early in her career, Ms. Paine joined the Peace Corps where she served as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in Mauritania, West Africa. Following the Peace Corps, Ms. Paine worked for 10 years as a contractor in West Africa where she provided health care to American Families serving in Chad as well as project management for USAID-funded development projects to improve health service delivery for women and children. She received two Meritorious Honor Awards for service to American families and her administrative assistance to the Chadian government during the cholera epidemic