Community Health Network Programs

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

  • Community-based, recreational exercise program that includes gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve balance. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing, or on the floor. Group sessions led by certified instructors meet for 1 hour, twice a week for 6 weeks at various locations throughout the state.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with arthritis
  • Cost: Varies from $0 to $45 by site offering program
  • Contact:Rebecca Farnloff

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program

  • Helps people living with arthritis reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace and helps people without arthritis make walking a regular habit. Group sessions with a certified leader meet for 6 weeks, 3 times per week at various locations throughout the state.

    Target Audience: Anyone who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain
  • Cost: Varies from $0 to $15 and usually includes the cost of a book
  • Contact:Rebecca Farnloff

Certified Cardiovascular Disease Outpatient Educators

  • Certified Cardiovascular Disease Outpatient Educators (CVDOEs)are Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians and pharmacists who teach individuals how to manage their blood pressure and cholesterol, how to properly use medication, and the basics of a healthy diet. Individual or group consultations are done in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and CVDOE sites around the state.

    Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) with cardiovascular disease referred by a healthcare provider
  • Cost: Covered by some health insurance plans, may require co-pay
  • Contact:Virginia Paine

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator

  • Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOEs) are Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians and pharmacists who teach patients how to manage their glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, medication, and nutrition. Individual or group consultations are done in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, CDOE sites, around the state.

    Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) with diabetes referred by a healthcare provider
  • Cost: Covered under some health insurance plans, may require co-pay
  • Contact:Virginia Paine

Diabetes Prevention Program (Department of Health)

  • The Department of Health provides the National Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the CDC. This is an evidence based lifestyle change program for preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half through modest weight loss, regular physical activity and improving food choices.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Allyson Ventura-Tesillo

Draw a Breath Asthma Program

  • Asthma education program for children and their parents designed to provide families with the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively manage asthma and to reduce emergency room and overnight hospital stays for asthma. Improves child and family knowledge and confidence in managing asthma. Group-based approach creates a unique learning environment in which both children and caregivers learn from, and are motivated by, each other. Offered in English and Spanish.

    Target Audience: Families with a child with asthma are eligible to take part in the program
  • Cost: Services all families, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay
  • Contact:Miosotis Alsina

Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

  • Presented by certified Youth Health Coaches and adult mentors, this 16-hour accessible, interactive program takes participants through the self-discovery process, helps them to explore healthy life choices, and concludes with personal action plan development.

    Target Audience: Transition-age youth (14-24 years old) with special health care needs, disabilities, or at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition who also require health and related services beyond what is needed by most children
  • Cost: Free. Snacks are provided. An incentive is provided for participants who complete the program
  • Contact:Deb Golding

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

  • Designed for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Helps participants reclaim their health through improved muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, and functional ability. Supervised physical activity in small groups twice a week for 12 weeks at all branches within the Greater Providence YMCA network.

    Target Audience: People who have had a cancer diagnosis
  • Cost: Free. Includes a YMCA membership
  • Contact:Joni Bloom

Living Well Rhode Island, Chronic Disease Self-Management

  • Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches people ways to manage symptoms and medications, communicate with family and doctors, handle difficult emotions, relax, eat well, exercise, and set goals to improve health and lifestyles. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Facilitated in both English and Spanish.

    Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, COPD, diabetes, or heart disease
  • Cost: Free. Incentives are provided to participants
  • Contact:Cindy Ariza

Living Well Rhode Island, Chronic Pain Self-Management

  • Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches people ways to manage chronic pain by explaining how medications for chronic pain work, providing strategies for communicating about pain with family and doctors, and debunking myths about chronic pain. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Facilitated in English.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, chronic pain
  • Cost: Free. Incentives are provided to participants
  • Contact:Cindy Ariza

Living Well Rhode Island, Diabetes Self-Management

  • Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress, depression, and anger. It also promotes exercise, proper use of medications, healthy eating, and effective communication techniques. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Facilitated in both English and Spanish.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, diabetes
  • Cost: Free. Incentives are provided to participants
  • Contact:Cindy Ariza

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

  • Facilitated by Peer Leaders, group workshops teach techniques to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Eight two-hour, small group sessions led by a trained facilitator.

    Target Audience: Senior adults (60 + years old) who are ambulatory and able to problem solve
  • Cost: Free or up to $15
  • Contact:Jennifer Andrade Koziol

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rhode Island

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rhode Island (NAMI) offers the NAMI Family-to-Family Education course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses and Inside Mental Illness, the Peer-to-Peer education program about mental illness for junior high and high school students. Group and individual family-to-family education courses.

    Target Audience: Individuals with mental illness and their family members
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

Peer Resource Specialists

  • This program connects participants with Resource Specialists/Peer Navigators who help people navigate healthcare systems, coordinate care, and become better advocates for families. Navigators help with access to basic needs that often interfere with health and wellness (housing, transportation, employment, etc.)and get the care they need for their families through the healthcare system. . Resource services are offered in participating doctors’ offices, participant homes, hospitals, and community agencies. Offered in English and Spanish.

    Target Audience: People who could achieve better health outcomes with peer support and access to healthcare
  • Cost: Free for families of children with special needs
  • Contact:Laura Jones

QuitWorks-RI

  • The QuitWorks-RI Program provides tobacco cessation educational training for physicians and other healthcare providers, training and support on use of fax-referral system to the Smokers Helpline for patients who desire to quit smoking, and follow up report on patient progress with Program.

    Format: Healthcare provider referral to RI Smokers Helpline
    Eligibility: Any RI resident
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Dana McCants-Derisier

Rhode Island Smoker's Helpline

  • The Rhode Island Smokers Helpline is the state's Quitline, which is a free evidence-based service that provides multi-session telephone counseling, provides quit tips, quit self-help materials, and referral to other quit smoking services in RI. Any individual in RI seeking to quit smoking can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

    Format: Multi-session telephone counseling
    Eligibility: Any RI resident
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:1-800-784-8669

YMCA Enhance Fitness

  • This 16 week group exercise program that uses simple, easy to learn movements that motivate people with or without arthritis to stay active throughout their lives. The class is ideal for people who may be new to group exercise and want to have fun while exercising. People in the program experience improved physical strength, increased flexibility, better balance, enhanced cardiovascular fitness and reduced arthritic pain.

    Target Audience: At least 18 years of age
  • Cost: $25 monthly non-members, free for members
  • Contact:Joni Bloom

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

  • This program teaches people how to lower their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Group sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cost: YMCA Member $199, Non-Member $249. YMCA membership included during the core 16 sessions. Financial Assistance and payment plans available.
  • Contact:Joni Bloom

YMCA's Health Smart Behaviors

  • Behavior change program specifically designed for African Americans focusing on nutrition education and small goals related to healthy lifestyle changes. This eight week program combines nutrition education and physical activity and works with the whole family to develop short- and long-term goals based on their household.

    Target Audience: African Americans and Hispanics
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Joni Bloom

YMCA's Healthy Lifestyles Behavior Change Program

  • Helps individuals successfully make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being by exploring ways to overcome barriers, stay motivated, and build support networks. A 22-session group program is held once a week for the first 4 sessions and then bi-weekly for the remaining 18 sessions at a branch YMCA or within the community.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) who are ready to change behaviors to improve their health
  • Cost: YMCA Member $199, Non-Member $249. YMCA membership included during the program.
  • Contact:Joni Bloom

YMCA's Salsa, Sabor Y Salud

  • Teaches Hispanic families about the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating to make small, sustainable lifestyle changes. Families will make short- and long-term goals based on family needs. This 8-week program focuses on the whole family. Offered in English and Spanish.

    Target Audience: Hispanic families
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Joni Bloom