Women's Well-Being Index Launch panel discussion

Wednesday, January 27 2021 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM [EST]

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Wednesday, January 27 2021 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM [EST]

Join our expert data panelists to discuss the findings from our Women's Well-Being Index launch.


The Rhode Island Women’s Well-Being Index is a multifaceted, composite measure that consists of five “dimensions”: Health, Personal Safety, Employment & Earnings, Economic Security, and Political Empowerment. Each dimension will be composed of six indicators that have been standardized and combined to create dimension scores, on a scale from zero to 100, for each of Rhode Island’s counties. The five dimension scores will create an overall Women’s Well-Being Index score for each county in Rhode Island.  This database will be the first centralized source of its kind in Rhode Island.

Moderator: Paige Clausius Parks, RI Kids Count


Nishi Kumar, RI Department of Housing and Well-Being Index research team member

Angela Kemp, Day One

Dr. Deborah Pearlman, RIDOH

*Funding for the Well-Being Index has been provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.


Women's Fund of Rhode Island


The mission of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is to invest in women and girls through research, advocacy, grant-making, and strategic partnerships designed to achieve gender equity through systemic change.

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Nishi Kumar
Manager of Policy at RI Housing

Nishi Kumar is a policy researcher focused on building healthier, more equitable communities. In her current role as the Manager of Policy at RIHousing, the state's housing finance agency, Nishi leads a variety of research and analysis activities to support the state's affordable housing priorities. Before moving to Rhode Island, she lived and worked in Toronto, Canada where she completed a research fellowship with the Wellesley Institute. Her previous research has focused on a wide range of health equity issues including homelessness, climate change, and poverty and unemployment. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Toronto.

About Nishi Kumar

Manager of Policy at RI Housing
Dr. Deborah Pearlman
Research Specialist, Brown University

Deborah N. Pearlman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health. From the first day that Dr. Pearlman joined Brown University her priority was to advance knowledge in women's health. Her research examines how gender-based disparities, racial and ethnic disparities, socioeconomic disparities, and sexual orientation disparities impact a range of health outcomes for women using program and population-based data. Dr. Pearlman works closely with colleagues at the Rhode Island Department of Health and with community partners in local, state, and national organizations. These long-standing relationships have been immensely important in her work to translate research findings into timely and effective public health policies and programs that improve and advance the health of Rhode Islanders with the goal of achieving health equity.

About Dr. Deborah Pearlman

Research Specialist, Brown University
Paige Clausius-Parks
Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Paige Clausius-Parks is a Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Paige is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research, and project management in areas related to education and economic well-being and serves as lead coordinator of the Rhode Island Alliance for College and Career Readiness. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Paige served as Director of Advancement and Assistant Director at Books Are Wings, Network Director at Youth in Action, Teacher/Advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, and Program Coordinator at Youth Pride, Inc. Paige has a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

About Paige Clausius-Parks

Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Angela Kemp
Director of Prevention and Special Projects
Day One

Angela Kemp currently serves as the Director of Prevention and Special Projects at Day One and received her Masters in Social Work with a macro focus from Rhode Island College in 2018. Her career has often found her at the intersections of sexual and domestic violence and child welfare. She is currently manages a team of preventionists working on community education and mobilization, while also organizing statewide planning and coalition building efforts. Angela currently resides in Providence with her partner and two small dogs, Marco and Millie, and enjoys painting, knitting, cooking and playing video and trivia games.

About Angela Kemp

Director of Prevention and Special Projects
Day One