Community Health Network Programs

Asthma Home Visits

We can help . . .

  • Find, manage, and fix asthma triggers in your home
  • Use an inhaler and other medication correctly
  • Understand housing rights (if you rent)

How this works

Classes held in homes.

Who we help

Families who have children with severe asthma.

Cost

Free

Breathe Easy at Home

We can help . . .

  • Contact building officials to followup on code violations that might lead to triggering asthma.

How this works

Program staff help doctors contact building officials, and help tenants get legal support.

Who we help

Renters with landlords who have not fixed suspected housing code violations that are trigger asthma.

Cost

Free

Where to get Breathe Easy at Home

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

We can help . . .

  • Manage symptoms and medications
  • Communicate with families and doctors
  • Relieve stress
  • Eat well and exercise
  • Set goals to improve your health and lifestyle

How this works

Group sessions lead by Peer Leaders meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Who we help

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.

Where to get Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshops

We can help . . .

  • Provides participants with the tools to manage medications, fatigue, frustration, proper nutrition, communication skills, evaluate treatments, and action plans.

How this works

Facilitated by two certified peer leaders in group sessions. 2 hours per week for six weeks.

Who we help

Anyone 18 years of age or older.

Cost

Free

Diabetes Education

We can help . . .

  • Manage glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
  • Eat healthier

How this works

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators trained Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians or Pharmacists, lead individual or group consultations in doctors' offices, pharmacies or dedicated sites.

Who we help

Adults (18+ years old) with diabetes referred by a healthcare provider.

Cost

Covered under some health insurance plans, may require co-pay.

Diabetes Prevention Sessions

We can help . . .

  • Lower your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes
  • Eat healthier
  • Increase physical activity
  • Lose weight.

How this works

Group sessions which teach healthy eating, and how to increase physical activity are held once a week for 16 weeks.

Who we help

Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 diabetes

Cost

Free

Where to get Diabetes Prevention Sessions

Diabetes Self-Management Sessions

We can help . . .

  • Better manage diabetes.
  • Deal with emotional and physical symptoms of diabetes

How this works

Group sessionslead by certified Peer Leaders, teach techniques to deal with physical and emotional symptoms of diabetes, promote exercise, proper use of medications, and healthy eating, and effective communication. Sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Who we help

Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, diabetes.

Cost

Free

Enhance Fitness Classes

We can help . . .

  • Improve your strength, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular fitness and, reduce arthritic pain.

How this works

Simple, easy to learn movements are used to motivate people to stay active. People in the program experience improved physical strength, increased flexibility, better balance, enhanced cardiovascular fitness and reduced arthritic pain.Sixteen week group exercise program.

Who we help

People who may be new to group exercise and want to have fun while exercising.

Cost

Free for YMCA members, $25 a month for others.

Where to get Enhance Fitness Classes

Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls Workshops

We can help . . .

  • Reduce your fear of falling
  • Help by more active

How this works

Eight two-hour, small group sessions led by a trained facilitator.

Who we help

Senior adults (60 + years old) who are ambulatory and able to problem solve.

Cost

Free

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

We can help . . .

  • Caregivers communicate more effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions.
  • Caregivers to develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, and communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers.

How this works

Facilitated by two certified peer leaders in group sessions of 2 1/2 hours per week for six weeks. Class participants will receive a copy of The Caregiver Help Book, developed specifically for the class.

Who we help

Anyone 18 years and older who is a caregiver to an older adult

Cost

Free

QuitWorks-RI

We can help . . .

  • Quit tobacco.
  • Connect you with a certified counselor over the phone at times that work for you.
  • Get nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gum, patches or lozenges while supplies last.
  • Inform your doctor on your progress

How this works

Your doctor will refer you to free help quitting smoking and will receive follow-up reports that will help you on your quit journey.

Who we help

Patients who use tobacco that have been referred a healthcare provider.

Cost

Free

Rhode Island Smoker's Helpline

We can help . . .

  • Quit tobacco.
  • Control cravings
  • Get nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gum, patches or lozenges (supply limited)

How this works

1 800 QUIT NOW connects you to multi-session telephone counseling, tips, self-help tools, and referrals to other quit smoking services.

Who we help

Smokers

Cost

Free

Where to get Rhode Island Smoker's Helpline

Walk with Ease

We can help . . .

  • Manage your pain
  • Increase balance and walking pace.

How this works

Group sessions with a certified leader meet for 6 weeks, 3 times per week.

Who we help

People with arthritis who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain.

Cost

From $0 to $15 and usually includes a book

Where to get Walk with Ease