Community Health Network Programs

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls Workshops

We can help . . .

  • Increase confidence in your balance
  • Reduce your fear of falling

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

Where to get A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls Workshops

Better Choices, Better Health

We can help . . .

  • Empower you to better manage your health
  • Teach you stress management techniques
  • Connect you to others also working to manage their chronic conditions

How this works

This small group, online workshop helps people living with chronic conditions manage them better. Self-paced, 6 weeks, Virtual

Who we help

People living with chronic conditions

Cost

Free

Where to get Better Choices, Better Health

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator

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.

Where to get Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

We can help . . .

  • Connect you to others working to manage their chronic pain
  • Teach you stress management, communication, and pain mitigation techniques
  • Create weekly action plans

How this works

Small group workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders. 2 ½ hours sessions, 1 session per week for 6 weeks.

Who we help

Anyone 18 years of age or older.

Cost

Free

Where to get Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Diabetes Prevention Program

We can help . . .

  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love.
  • Increase your physical activity.
  • Deal with stress.
  • Lower your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
  • Lose weight.
  • Feel better and have more energy.
  • Avoid costly medical visits and treatment.
  • Reduce your risk of developing heart, disease, stroke, kidney and liver disease, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and loss of limbs.

How this works

This free or low-cost program can help you achieve your healthier lifestyle goals. The program follows a national, evidence-based curriculum approved by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Group sessions meet once a week for 16 weeks. Continuing support is offered twice a month, then monthly. Learn more about to achieve better health.

You're not alone

Can you change by yourself? Maybe - but you don't have to. We're here to support you. Your coach and other group members are here to help you succeed.

Who we help

Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or a history of gestational diabetes, or people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Cost

Free or low cost

Where to get Diabetes Prevention Program

Gait Way to Better Balance

We can help . . .

  • Evaluate your current balance and suggest resources to meet your balance needs

How this works

Participate in a series of physical tests and receive recommendations from a licensed physical therapist on how to improve your balance and reduce falls. Physical tests are completed by a licensed rehabilitation therapist or doctorate physical therapist student. 30-minute Screening, Virtual and In-Person

Cost

Free

Where to get Gait Way to Better Balance

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults

We can help . . .

  • Teach you how to eat a balanced diet based on the USDA's MyPlate framework
  • Improve heart health through diet

How this works

Teaches you how nutrition and lifestyle changes can promote better health. The program focuses on heart and bone healthy nutrition strategies to help maintain or improve wellness and prevent chronic disease development or progression. Healthy Eating uses the USDA’s MyPlate as a framework. 2 hours per week, 6 weeks, Virtual

Who we help

Older Adults

Cost

Free

Where to get Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

We can help . . .

  • Provide you with the latest information from research on Alzheimer's Disease and other related Dementias

How this works

Learn about research related to diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement. Then use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 90-minute workshop, Virtual and In-Person

Cost

Free

Where to get Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

We can help . . .

  • Teach you the 10 signs of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
  • Encourage you or your loved ones to seek medical advice for early detection of Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias

How this works

Learn to recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, how to approach someone about memory concerns, the importance of early detection, and the benefits of a diagnosis. Also learn about possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process and about Alzheimer's Association resources. 2-hour workshop, Virtual and In-Person

Who we help

Older Adults & Caregivers

Cost

Free

Where to get Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

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 1 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

Where to get Powerful Tools for Caregivers

QuitWorks-RI

We can help . . .

  • Quit cigarette smoking, vaping nicotine, and other tobacco use—using safe and effective services.
  • Connect you with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist over the phone at times that work for you (24/7).
  • Get free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gum, patches or lozenges mailed direct to your home while supplies last.
  • Inform your doctor on your progress.

How this works

Anyone ages 13+ who uses lit cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vaping devices, or other tobacco products can use this free service. Your healthcare provider or counselor will refer you to free help to treat nicotine addiction and will be able to track your progress to support you on your quit journey.

Women who are pregnant can get up to NINE free counseling session by phone, plus free support tools and referrals to more services in Rhode Island.

Callers Ages 18+ Can Get free NRT Products to Step-Down Nicotine Dependence!
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to patients ages 18+ in minimum two-week supplies of gum, patches, or lozenges, but only while supplies last. Some patients may receive more quantities at no extra charge, while supplies last. Refer patients today!

Who we help

Patients who use tobacco that have been referred by a healthcare provider, counselor, or behavioral health professional.

Cost

Free

Where to get QuitWorks-RI

Strong African American Families

We can help . . .

  • Prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors by encouraging deeper family connectedness
  • Youth embrace their african american heritage and identity

How this works

Designed for youth aged 10-14 and their caregivers, Strong African American Families (SAAF) improves familial relationships and builds on the strengths of each family while helping young people avoid risky and dangerous behaviors. Free childcare, transportation and gift cards provided. 2.5 hours per week, 7 weeks, In-Person

Who we help

Youth aged 10-14 and their caregivers

Cost

Free

Where to get Strong African American Families

Tools for Healthy Living

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

Small group workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders. 2 ½ hours sessions, 1 session per week for 6 weeks. Spanish taught sessions are also available, Tomando Control de su Salud.

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 Tools for Healthy Living

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

We can help . . .

  • Teach the signs of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
  • Explain the progression of Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias
  • Distinguish between Alzheimer's and the normal aging process

How this works

Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, stages and risk factors, current available research and treatments for some symptoms; and Alzheimer's Association resources. 90-minute workshop, Virtual and In-Person

Who we help

Older Adults & Caregivers

Cost

Free

Where to get Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Walk with Ease

We can help . . .

  • Reduce the pain of arthritis, while improving strength, balance, and overall health for walkers making physical activity a part of everyday life.

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