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

Asthma Home Visits

  • These classes help families find, manage, and fix asthma triggers in the home; teach how to use an inhaler, and other medication, correctly. They also help tenants understand their housing rights.

    Who we serve: Families who have children with severe asthma who live in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Julian Drix

Blackstone Valley Community Action Program

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Breathe Easy at Home

  • If a landlord will not fix a suspected housing code violation that is triggering asthma, the Breathe Easy at Home rogram helps doctors contact building officials. We also help tenants get legal support.

    Target Audience: Renters living in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket housing that contributes to asthma.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Julian Drix

Certified Asthma Educators

  • Certified Asthma Educators are experts in how to manage asthma and minimize its impact.
  • Cost: Depend on insurance. Co-pays may apply.
  • Contact:Julian Drix

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:Community Health Network Coordinator

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. Classes are held 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:Community Health Network Coordinator

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: Free
  • Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

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:Community Health Network Coordinator

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. The Draw a Breathe Program's 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 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

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
  • Contact:Federal Hill House or Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Project Case

  • Project CASE (Controlling Asthma in Schools Effectively) works with elementary schools to offer Hasbro's Draw a Breathe classes for students with asthma, give training for school staff about asthma needs at schools, improve the school's indoor air quality, and promote the use of Asthma Action Plans. Improve asthma care coordination between school nurses, teachers, healthcare providers, and families.

    Target Audience: Elementary schools in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Julian Drix

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 Smokersí Helpline for patients who desire to quit smoking, and follow up report on patient progress with Program.

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

Rhode Island Smoker's Helpline

  • The Rhode Island Smokersí 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