There are lots of ways to advocate for change! We are adding more resources to this page but here are a few great ones!

Monthly CHW Advocacy Meetings

Join the RI CHW Network for Advocacy and Leadership!

This group formed in 2023 to gather the hope and energy needed to make positive change in RI. See one of their flyers here. The registration link works, even if the date has passed. They meet on the last Monday of every month. Register for their next meeting here.

Email Geraldine McPhee, CCHW with questions MCPHEE@RIPIN.ORG


Take this FREE Course to learn how to advocate effectively!!!

  • The course is self-paced and takes approximately 5 hours, 36 minutes
  • The training is available in English, French, and Spanish.
  • A facilitator guide is available in English, French, and Spanish to support in-person training.
  • A certificate is available upon course completion using

The course is organized into four modules:

  • Module 1: The history and background of CHW programs
  • Module 2: How to advocate for improved health care and working conditions
  • Module 3: How to tell personal stories to advocate for change
  • Module 4: How to use technology tools to participate in global conversations

Learn more on their website:

See the Student Guide/Workbook

Spread the Word!

Recovery Through Opportunity grant

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.

Health Equity Summit September 20, 2018

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.

RI’s HEZ Initiative

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,

For more information on the program and specific HEZs, please visit its webpage here.