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On Saturday February 6th, 2016, the Newport Health Equity Zone will be hosting the Envision Newport Lab at the Florence Gray Center Gymnasium in Newport, RI. The lab will serve as a forum for the community to come together and explore innovative ways for which we can improve quality of life in Newport, particularly the North End and Broadway neighborhoods. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate and share their ideas.

For the past month, the Newport Health Equity Zone Collaborative has been collecting data from over 500 Newport residents identifying the most important issues the community is facing. The data that was collected will be displayed in interactive stations for community residents to engage with.

“The Health Equity Zone collaborative is committed to a community led design,” says Olivia Kachingwe, Coordinator of the Newport Health Equity Zone. “We hope to improve the health of residents in ways that residents feel are important and make an impact. We are encouraging as many residents as possible to attend the event and share with us what their vision is for our city.”

The Envision Newport Lab is designed and organized by the Design Studio for Social Intervention, an organization dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed here in the United States. In the past, the Design Studio has helped cities like Boston learn from residents what improvements can be made in their community.

The Envision Newport Lab begins at 11:30am and will be open to the public until 2pm. There will be a number of services provided for the attendee’s convenience such as child care, Spanish translators, and transportation to and from the event can also be arranged in advance.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit or

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.