Community Health Worker program

This training offers non-native English students the opportunity to study and learn English listening, speaking, grammar, writing, and reading contextualized for healthcare settings creating the pathway to acceptance into the Community Health Care worker training providing a comprehensive set of skills necessary to become a Certified Community Health Care worker in Rhode Island.  The training addresses a variety of topics, including introduction to community health, behavioral health literacy (which builds on Intro to Behavioral Health provided in the Core Skills Training), community health literacy, culturally and linguistically appropriate responsiveness, safety/CPR, care coordination and system navigation, advocacy and action, working with families, ethics and professionalism, self-care, and telehealth.  English literacy skills continue to be reinforced through embedded ESL instruction delivered in concert with skills instruction.


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