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Community Health Worker

Training is offered by Rhode Island College Outreach Programs and the Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island


Provide a comprehensive set of skills necessary to be a successful Community Health Worker in Rhode Island

Creating of foundation of ethics, confidentiality and trust within the Community Health Worker scope of practice

Provide participants with work experience (via internship) to practice Community Health Worker sills and competencies


  • Overview of the roles and responsibilities of a community health worker
  • Skills for working with clients and families
  • Skills surrounding cultural competency, language access and healthcare
  • Health literacy and effective communication
  • Supporting access to services
  • Leadership skills for advocacy and action
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Digital Literacy
  • Writing Skills
  • Documentation procedures
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Current health initiative workshops
  • Career Skills
  • Case Worker Support
  • Distance Learning

Program Schedule:

  • 8 week program
  • 80 hours of internship
  • 140 classroom hours
  • Job search, mock interviews, continuing education workshops
  • Comprehensive review and development training
  • ESL Services available

Who is Eligible?

  • Applicants 18 years or older, who have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers
  • Students who are motivated to learn new skills and secure employment

Page last updated: January 29, 2020