Rachael Sardinha
Program Manager

Rhode Island Health Education Exchange Program


The RI Department of Health (RIDOH) Academic Institute strives to increase the capacity of the current and future health professions workforce to understand and apply core concepts of health system and practice transformation through engagement and support of higher education partners, RI Accountable Entities, and others to develop the RI Health Education Exchange (RIHEE).

What we do

  • Assure that current and future health professionals employed by Accountable Entities understand and apply Health Systems Transformation Project core concepts in their interactions with beneficiaries of the Rhode Island Medicaid program
  • Administer the TRAIN Learning Management System, which is an accessible resource for free, credible health and health-related training opportunities from reputable Rhode Island institutions
  • Collaborate with healthcare organizations, institutes of higher education, professional associations, and other state agencies to align, create, and disseminate training opportunities
  • Support other health workforce development initiatives throughout Rhode Island using a public health perspective

The Rhode Island Health Education Exchange (RIHEE) directly supports the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ (EOHHS) health Workforce Planning and Implementation initiatives, by contributing to the following action-oriented workgroups:

  • Health & Human Services Career Pathways & Pipelines,
  • Health & Human Services Partnerships with Higher Education, and
  • Health & Human Services Workforce Data Collection & Analytics

More information about these workgroups can be found on the EOHHS website .

Workforce Planning and Implementation projects that the RIHEE actively supports the development of include:

  • Assisting internationally educated health professionals to obtain licensure in Rhode Island, more
  • Compiling a comprehensive list of Rhode Island health education and training programs, more
  • Contributing to the development of Caring Careers RI, a Rhode Island-specific health and healthcare education, training, and job searching resource, more and
  • Creating career ladders to support advancement from entry-level occupations