Community Health Worker

Better Lives RI
West Warwick
Part-Time 30 Hours
Bilingual English Spanish
CHW Training Required

Reports To: Executive Director

Purpose: Outreach and Assistance to Housing Insecure and Homeless population in West Warwick area   


The Community Health Worker is an important role as they will be an ambassador for Better Lives RI to the West Warwick community.  The ultimate goal of the CHW’s work, in collaboration with BLRI is to provide shelter for those unhoused and maintain housing for those unstably housed.   CHW will an provide initial screening of clients to assess their needs and health care goals.  After a full assessment, it is the responsibility of the CHW to refer the client to appropriate services and to follow up with the client on a semi-monthly or monthly basis.  In some instances, the CHW will consult with a BLRI case manager or, if necessary, BLRI executive director for guidance on a case plan for the client.   This position is considered part of the outreach team, working both collaboratively and independently to provide screenings and assessments of the clients’ situation, crisis intervention when necessary, and basic needs support.  


  • Engage high risk and underserved population in West Warwick through street outreach (4 individuals/households per week or 16 per month)
  • Conduct initial assessment and determine service needs with regards to health and housing.  Provide information, basic needs and referral to providers
  • Determine client’s COVID-19 exposure and vaccination status. Provide vaccination & testing resources
  • Facilitate connections with Coordinated Entry System (CES), healthcare and social service providers
  • Provide clients with explanation of HMIS and obtain signed release of information if needed
  • Collect and enter client documentation into the Homeless Management Information System
  • Prepare bi-weekly reports on numbers of referrals
  • Attend and actively participate in all required RI DOH trainings, WW HEZ meetings
  • Liaise and share resources with Thrive CHW and WW HEZ to coordinate wrap around services
  • Other duties may be required as time permits, at the discretion of the Executive Director


  • Community Health Worker designation
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Sensitivity to confidential information and maintenance of respect in all aspects of the work environment
  • Knowledge of housing and human service agencies and available resources in the State of RI
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to organize, prioritize and perform tasks in an accurate manner with specific attention to detail
  • HMIS or other data entry experience


  • Bilingual (English-Spanish). The ability to read and write in Spanish a plus but not required
  • Applicants with lived experienced strongly encouraged to apply

COVID-19 considerations:  All new employees must show proof of vaccination or be willing to start the vaccination process prior to their hire date.

How to Apply:

Interested parties please submit your resume and cover letter via email to  with the subject line “Community Health Worker”

Better Lives RI offers very generous benefits to employees and promotes equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process