Episode 2 of Urban Health Watch Radio: The Links, the Guests, and the Online Podcast

EPISODE 2 BROADCAST DATES
(90.3 FM or streaming online live at http://www.wriu.org):

Tuesday, July 20, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 23, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, July 27, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 30, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, August 6, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

PODCAST:
Click here to listen from your computer.

GUESTS:
Donna Policastro, RN, Executive Director of RI State Nurses Association
Peggy Benz, Director of the Education Exchange
Paula Reid, Program Manager, Medical Homes Project, Rhode Parent Information Network
Shavon Smith, Program Manager, Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) and Representative of the Community Health Workers Association in Rhode Island

SHOW INFO:
On Episode Two, we speak to a roundtable of health advocates and experts about health careers in RI and how to join the workforce. We talk about opportunities for adults in Westerly and Peacedale who may just be starting in health care and we’ll hear from the RI State Nurses Association about opportunities in nursing and how to advance in the field. We also talk with two representatives from RI Parent Information Network (RIPIN) – about the organization’s creative approach to hiring parents and about the newly established Community Health Workers Association – a resource for anyone whose work is geared toward keeping communities healthy. The show’s experts help us understand how to get connected to jobs in health and where to go for more details, resources, and, even, free classes.

CONTACT INFO:
Shape Up RIhttp://www.shapeupri.org, 401 – 421-0608

RI State Nurses Associationhttp://www.risnarn.org, 401 – 331 – 5644

RIPINhttp://www.ripin.org, 401-270-0101

Community Health Workers in RI http://www.chwassociationri.org.

The Education Exchange – 401-783-0293

ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS IN RHODE ISLAND
from the Report published by Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
January-March 2009

Community Health Workers are generally considered to be frontline public health workers. They are trusted members of or have a close understanding of the community they serve. This relationship enables these workers to minimize social and cultural barriers between community, health and social service institutions. Community Health Workers often act as a bridge to complement and enhance the work performed by many other health and social service professionals.

Rhode Island is one of the first states in the country to assess the size of its Community Health Worker workforce, and the first to predict the demand for such workers now and in the future. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in cooperation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of the Transcultural Community Health Initiative with the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Brown University was charged with the responsibility of collecting information on the state’s Community Health Worker workforce. Information concerning the Community Health Worker workforce was obtained directly from establishments classified in industries* that are considered to be
the most likely to employ this occupation.

Click here to continue reading the report or contact RI Department of Health:
http://www.dlt.ri.gov – (401) 462-8000 – TDD: (401) 462-8006.

ABOUT URBAN HEALTH WATCH RADIO
Providence, Rhode Island-based blog, Urban Health Watch (UrbanHealthWatch.net), and Southern RI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) have united to launch Urban Health Watch Radio, a public awareness campaign and radio program on 90.3 FM, WRIU – a broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island and a station that can be heard throughout Southern Rhode Island as well as other areas of the state; parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island, NY; and worldwide or from anywhere via an Internet webcast. The goal of Urban Health Watch Radio is to provide actionable steps that people can use everyday by extending health education into the community and delivering culturally appropriate messages about public health.

UrbanHealthWatch.net is managed by the Urban League of RI, an affiliate of the National Urban League, and funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Urban Health Watch Radio is made possible by a grant from Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization striving to, among other goals, increase the interaction of health professionals with communities in southern Rhode Island.

For more information, click here to keep reading, email urbanhealthri@gmail.com, or call 401-351-5000 extension 119.

MORE ON EPISODE 1
On Episode One, we speak to a roundtable of health advocates and experts about issues of affordable health care and access for all Rhode Islanders. We’ll talk about the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and self-employed workers and to families and residents who are uninsured, under insured or earning lower incomes. We’ll also talk about services that hospitals and health centers offer by choice and the ones they’re now required to offer by law. Episode one’s experts will help us understand why insurance or access to regular care is important to children and families and they’ll review policy changes and updates to make sure everyone is informed about all their health insurance and access options. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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