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Walking Group for Cranston Residents

Walking Group for Cranston Residents! And a GREAT example of CHWs taking action to meet community needs!   Announcing, the “Winter Walk & Talk” program in Cranston! Salvatore Nacci, CHW – Older Adults, shares how it got started, “The idea originated within my team here at The OneCranston HEZ. Our Physical Health & Nutrition workgroup had been interested…

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Federal Medicare to Cover CHW and Peer Support Services!!!!

Big GREAT News for CHWs! Up until now, some individual states (including RI!) have been setting up their own Medicaid reimbursement for CHW services. Now the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized policy changes for MediCARE payments effective on or after January 1, 2024 that cover “services involving community health workers,…

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Housing Search Assistant

Providence Housing Authority
Full Time, Union, Permanent
Providence, RI
Salary $46,637.50
Bilingual Spanish Required
Apprenticeship Program Eligible

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Medicare to Pay for CHW Services?!

Medicare CHW Comment Resources Comment by 9/11/23! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed updated payments in the Medicare program, which provides health insurance to over 65 million Americans, primarily those 65 and over. For the first time, CMS is proposing to pay for new Medicare services designed explicitly for community health…

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Resources for Pregnant People & Substance-Exposed Newborns

This is copied from a Rhode Island Department of Health email sent on June 26, 2023 from communications@notification.health.ri.gov.   June 26, 2023Resources and Educational Materials to Support Pregnant People Who Use Substances and Substance-Exposed Newborns The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is working to raise awareness and offer resources to healthcare providers around substance use conditions,…

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RIDOH MPOX Vaccination Clinics

June 10 and 17: Free Mpox Vaccination Clinics To Be Held at Community Events in Providence In the United States, cases of mpox (formerly monkeypox) have declined since peaking in August 2022, but the outbreak is not over. The CDC continues to receive reports of cases and community transmission in the United States and internationally. This month, CDC and local partners have…

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April 5 Summit Kicks Off RI’s CHW Roadmap Design Project!  

On April 5 at District Hall in Downtown Providence, many CHWs champions and allies came together to collectively envision what’s possible for CHWs in Rhode Island. Of the 91 participants, at least 38 were CHWs! Soma Saha, MD, MS from WE in the World led the activities, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Care Transformation Collaborative of…

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Providence Vaccination Clinics

On March 22, 28, & 30, the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island schools are offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics to help people get their COVID-19 bivalent booster

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RI Doula Bill Passes!

At long last the day is here…. Doula care is OFFICIALLY covered by insurance as of July 1, 2022This means that nearly all Rhode Islanders can access doula care through their Medicaid or commercial insurance. (Some exclusions apply visit RIdoulabill.com) Read More!

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Medicaid Funded Higher-Education for CHWs!

EOHHS is launching a Health Professional Equity Initiative that will offer comprehensive academic, social, and financial support for HCBS (Home & Community Based Services) paraprofessionals to pursue a pathway leading to higher education credentials, degrees, and/or professional licensure – at no cost to your agency or employees.

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Emergency Food & Shelter Program funding application available

DEADLINE IS 5/26 The EFSP supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to individuals, families, and households who are experiencing, or at risk of, hunger and/or homelessness.APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 4:00PM, Thursday, May 26th, 2022 Please know that applications that…

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Black Maternal Health Conference

Friday, April 8th, 202210 AM – 5 PM ET5th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference (BMHC) Get ready to be part of an enlightening day of learning and connecting with doulas, researchers, government officials and other experts on Black maternal health.  For the past five years the BMHC, led by Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, has addressed Black…

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Vaccine Hesitation SURVEY!

ORHO would like to invite you to participate in a brief online survey specific to vaccine messaging and vaccine uptake. Survey responses will be anonymous and should take about 20 minutes to complete.   Your participation is important…

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Register for HEZ Learning Community by RIDOH

Registration is now open for the February 2022 HEZ Learning Community, a three-day series of virtual workshops and learning experiences from February 1 – February 3, 2022! Sessions will cover topics including climate change, policy advocacy, the built environment, and more. Reserve Your Spot Now!

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Call for Abstracts!

Call for Abstracts | International Symposium THE PATIENT AND THE PRACTITIONER IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY: PROTECTING HEALING RELATIONSHIPS Research, Innovative Projects and Practical Solutions from the United States and Around the WorldOctober 14-16, 2022 | Providence, RI, USA  Submission Portal Conference Website CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: This 2022 live international symposium, sponsored by The Warren Alpert Medical School…

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Learn How to Bill Medicaid for CHW Services!

Save the Dates! CHW Provider Enrollment & Billing Training Now that Medicaid is preparing to begin reimbursing for some CHW services, CHWs need to learn how to bill for their time. The RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services is hoping to offer trainings on these dates:  January 14, 11am-12:30pmJanuary 20, 3pm-4:30pm The same material will…

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What Makes An Effective CHW Program? -White Paper by NCQA

The National Center for Quality Assurance and Penn Center for Community Health Workers published this white paper, CRITICAL INPUTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMS, in November 2021. It will be discussed by a panel of experts over Zoom on December 14, 2021 at 4pm EST.

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