Applying for Certification:
The Rhode Island Certification Board certifies Community Health Workers and renews certification every two years if requirements are met. The initial application includes the following requirements:
- 70 hours of CHW training
- 6 months work as a CHW or 1000 hours
- 50 hours of supervision
- $125 fee
For a fuller description and the application material itself, please visit the RICB at https://www.ricertboard.org/certifications
Help with Applications
Periodically, CHWARI holds certification application workshops to help those who have already met the above requirements think through their portfolios and prepare their applications. Watch the recording from January 19, 2023’s workshop here.
Getting CHW Hours Necessary for Certification
For those who do not yet have enough hours (1000 hours of CHW related work) for CHW Certification, below is a list of organizations to look at that may help you achieve the RICB’s hour requirement. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions! Please note – Volunteer hours need to be documented.
AND we are looking to improve this list! If you know of an organization who needs CHW volunteers – please share that info with firstname.lastname@example.org with our thanks!
Potential Organizations to Gain CHW Volunteer Hours at:
- Lifespan Community Health Institute
- Contact: Community Outreach Coordinator, Ana Almeida-DoRosario: Phone: 401-444-8069, Email: aalmeidadorosario@Lifespan.org –
- CHWs can assist with:
- Outreach and community education to boost colorectal cancer (and other cancers) screening rates
- Outreach and application assistance for individuals wishing to apply for SNAP
- Program assistance with registration and delivery of their Diabetes Prevention Program. If the prospective CHW is willing to be trained as a Lifestyle Coach, they could take on additional responsibilities.
- LCHI can provide a work space, supervision, on-the-job training, supportive feedback, and referrals for employment post-certification.
- Clinica Esperanza (Hope Clinic)
- Federal Hill House
- Contact: Michele Matott, D. Min. Director of Adult and Aging Services, 401-421-1095 x 110 email@example.com
- Olneyville Neighborhood Association / Asociación de Vecinos de Olneyville
- Contact: Yuselly J. Mendoza, CCHW, Program Coordinator: 401.648.2379 (call or text); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- RI Free Clinic
- Refugee Dream Center
- Contact: email@example.com
- Progreso Latino
- Sojourner House
- Women’s Refugee Care Center
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Miriam Hospital
- Rhode Island Hospital
- Goodwill Southern New England
- Providence Afterschool Alliance
- Contact: Alexander Bezek, Deputy Director, (401) 490.9599 x107, email@example.com
- Charles Gate Nursing Center
CHWARI’s guide with HELPFUL TIPS on renewing your Community Health Worker Certification here (updated for 2020).
For more information, FAQ’s and both applications visit the Recertification Page of RICB’s website.