Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
RIPIN’s mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy for person/family centered care and system change.
RIPIN employs the largest number of Community Health Workers in the state. Along with conducting its own extensive series of trainings, RIPIN has provided trainers and curriculum assistance to the Institute for Education in Healthcare’s Core Competency Community Health Worker training series funded by Real Jobs grants for 2016-2018. RIPIN was a host and fiscal agent for the Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island (CHWARI) in its formative years.
Rhode Island College’s Institute for Education in Healthcare
The Institute for Education in Healthcare (IEH) at Rhode Island College convenes healthcare, community and public health representatives, as well as employers, policymakers, funders and consumer representatives, in order to identify the workforce needs of area employers and address them with targeted and informed healthcare training programs. The IEH is focused on collaborative, interdisciplinary, patient-centered methods of care delivery that have a strong potential for improving health outcomes and reducing costs for all Rhode Islanders. It secured a Real Jobs grant in fall, 2017 to re-establish the Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island (CHWARI). Real Jobs grants have also allowed the IEH to develop and provide Core Competency Community Health Worker trainings for people in Central Falls, Westerly, Providence, and Woonsocket. For more on the Institute for Education in Healthcare, click here.
Department of Labor and Training Real Jobs grant program
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs grant program grows business-led partnerships that build workforce solutions to address their unique workforce challenges. Real Jobs funded the re-establishment of the Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island (CHWARI) in fall, 2017. That Real Jobs grant also funded 3 Core Community Health Worker Trainings implemented by Rhode Island College’s Institute for Education in Healthcare from 2017 to 2018.
Community Care Alliance (CCA)
Community Care Alliance (CCA) of Woonsocket, RI, is a fully licensed, certified, multi-service, non-profit, health & human services agency that offers more than 50 programs to address the multiple needs of the people they serve. CCA’s stated goal is “to empower people challenged by economic insecurity, mental illness and addictions, housing issues, and other trauma-related concerns. We provide counseling, treatment and support services; food, shelter and housing; programs to assist with self-sufficiency such as employment, financial literacy and vocational training; and support for self-help.” CCA has worked with CHWARI to provide Core Community Health Worker Training as well as job placement assistance to graduates.
Care New England Health System
Care New England Health System provides incumbent employees Core Community Health Worker training through CHWARI's training partner, the Institute for Education in Healthcare, and has committed to hiring Community Health Workers toward its stated values framework: Accountability, Caring, and Teamwork (ACT).