Governor Carcieri and the Department of Health have teamed up with the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association for a four-hour effort to provide information about H1N1 and the vaccine against it.
1. From 4 to 7 p.m today, 20 knowledgeable people selected by the Health Department will answer phones at the Rhode Island PBS studios. The number to call is 222-8012.
While the phone bank is going on, television reporters will be at the station for occasional live broadcasts.
2. At 7 p.m., a 60-minute panel discussion titled H1N1 – Swine Flu: What You Need to Know will be broadcast live on WSBE Rhode Island PBS; Cox News Channel 5; Cox Channel 810 and 881; and Verizon FIOS 460 and Channel 14.
Moderated by former TV anchorman Dave Layman, the panel will feature Dr. David R. Gifford and Dr. Robert S. Crausman of the state Health Department; Dr. Elizabeth B. Lange, a pediatrician and Rhode Island chapter president of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Dr. Nicole Alexander, pediatric infectious disease expert at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The program will also stream live on local television station Web sites and will be re-broadcast on various channels over the next few weeks, including at 2 p.m. Saturday on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence.
3. The Health Department’s existing H1N1 information line — 222-8022 — will continue to operate during its usual hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.