​Healthy Jobs RI


The Healthy Jobs for Rhode Island industry partnership was formed in 2015 by Rhode Island College and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. The partnership is housed at Rhode Island College’s Institute for Education in Healthcare​. Healthy Jobs RI is supported by Real Jobs funding​ from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.


Healthy Jobs RI Training Programs and Services

Employer partners identified the need for enhanced worker training as behavioral and physical healthcare become more integrated. The partnership has developed a 30-hour Behavioral Health Certificate program to introduce front-line healthcare workers to the challenges, concepts and workplace applications of behavioral health. Program options include:

  • On-site training with a flexible schedule to meet staff availability
  • Continuing education credit for completion of the 30-hour Certificate

Healthy Jobs has implemented Behavioral Health Certificate trainings at CharterCare Health and South County Health, upskilling 25 incumbent workers.

This 72-hour curriculum is aligned with the RI Department of Health standards and competencies. The program meets the 70-hour education requirement for RI CHW certification.

CHWs are frontline public health workers. They are trusted members of our communities and have a close understanding of the communities served. CHWs act as a bridge to complement and enhance the work performed by many other health and social service professionals.

Four CHW trainings have been completed through Healthy Jobs RI with a total of 50 graduates:

  • October - December 2017, Westerly Education Center
  • January - April 22, 2018, Rhode Island College
  • March - May, 2018, Community Care Alliance, Woonsocket, RI
  • March - May, 2018, Care New England, Providence, RI

Healthy Jobs RI funding supports the rejuvenation of the CHWARI including the director, Sarah Lawrence. CHWARI supports certification and advanced trainings, facilitates networking, employment, and advocacy opportunities for CHWs in RI, and collaborates with the RI Department of Health to identify employment and training needs. Visit http://chwari.org​.

Healthy Jobs RI supported the planning and implementation of a CNA to MA training program on-site at Women & Infants hospital. Eleven CNAs at Women & Infants graduated from this Medical Assistant training in May, 2018.​

Healthy Jobs RI partners have identified a need for supervisory/leadership development training. The Institute for Education in healthcare is developing a 15​-hour Healthy Jobs supervisory/leadership development training with a summer, 2018 implementation date.

Healthy Jobs RI partnered with TPC on a Career Ladder/Apprenticeship model for case managers employed by TPC. Rhode Island College’s Institute for Education in Healthcare is developing a 60-hour CPSC training for entry level case managers at TPC. This training will be implemented on-site at TPC in fall, 2018 for 50 case managers.​

  • Principal Investigator, Dr. Marianne Raimondo, Executive Director, Institute for Education in Healthcare, Assistant Professor and Director of Healthcare Administration program, mraimondo@ric.edu
  • Co-Investigator, Jenifer Giroux, Associate Vice President, Professional Studies and Continuing Education, jgiroux@ric.edu
  • Dr. Julianne Hanavan, Healthy Jobs RI Project Director, jhanavan@ric.edu (401) 456-6360
  • Dr. Tonya Glantz, Director, the Institute for Education in Healthcare, tglantz@ric.edu​
  • Dr. Sarah Lawrence, Director, Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island​

Employer Partners

  • Care New England
  • Charlesgate
  • CharterCARE Health Partners
  • Community Care Alliance
  • Gateway Mental Health
  • L+M Medical Group
  • Rhode Island Assisted Living Association
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • South County Health​
  • Thundermist Health

Other Partners

  • Apprenticeship RI
  • Hospital Association of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island College Institute for Education in Healthcare
  • Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health. Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Skills for Rhode Island’s Future​

​The partnership seeks to:

Identify and respond to new and changing healthcare workforce needs identified by employer partners.

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Assist unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders with appropriate training to qualify them for vacant healthcare positions.
Create a pipeline for incumbent workers to enhance their career and wages through training and mentorship.
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Align training to assist employers in improving retention, reducing turnover and filling vacancies.​
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Dr. Sarah Lawrence


Community Health Worker Association (CHWARI) of RI