STATE HOUSE — Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence)
welcomed Rhode Island’s community health workers to the State House yesterday
to celebrate their dedication and accomplishments.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution (2018-H 8047)
introduced by Representative Diaz declaring April to be Community Health
Workers Month in Rhode Island.
“Community health workers have always labored to improve
access to health care, advance health equity and self-sufficiency, and help
eliminate health disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and class,” said
Representative Diaz. “I was honored to introduce this resolution and welcome
them to the State House to recognize their efforts and dedication.”
Community health workers are professional non-clinicians who
connect and advocate for underserved populations, while making health services
more culturally and linguistically appropriate.
resolution reads “As April is Minority Health Month, to note that Community
Health Workers have the ability to diversify the health workforce as many are
members of underserved communities and since here gathered hereby do celebrate
April of 2018 as “Community Health Workers Month” in the state of Rhode Island
and thank Rhode Island’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) for the important
contributions they make towards improving the quality of life for the citizens
of Rhode Island.”