Rhode Island is 1 of 6 states to receive a large federal grant to combat the opioid epidemic, and Community Health Workers are integrated as critical to this process of "Recovery Through Opportunity."
For more on the grant see the press release on Senator Whitehouse's website, at this link.
CHWs well represented in Health Equity Summit September 20, 2018
Read bout some of the great conversations that happened at the recent Health Equity Summit sponsored by the RI Department of Health. Several organizations using Community Health Workers, such as Project Weber/RENEW, Clinica Esperanza, and Health Equity Zones, are highlighted in this article by Richard Asinof of ConvergenceRI. Read it here.
Rhode Island's Health Equity Zones do great work cultivating health advocates from within communities to capitalize on those communities' strengths.
“Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zone initiative is an innovative, place-based approach that brings communities together to build the infrastructure needed to achieve healthy, systemic changes at the local level. Health Equity Zones are geographic areas where existing opportunities emerge and investments are made to address differences in health outcomes. Through a collaborative, community-led process, each Health Equity Zone conducts a needs assessment and implements a data-driven plan of action to address the unique social, economic, and environmental factors that are preventing people from being as healthy as possible.” – (Rhode Island Department of Health, Health Equity Zones [HEZ] Initiative, health.ri.gov)
For more information on the program and specific HEZs, please visit its webpage here.