About Us


Dannie Ritchie, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor Family Medicine
Lead, Transcultural Community Health Initiative
Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention

For Our Board Members and Partners and others who also work in Community Health Scroll below .

Biography:  Dianne (Dannie) Catherine Ritchie, MD, MPH, a Family Physician, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Brown. She completed her Medical Degree at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her training in Family Medicine at the Residency Program of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein’s College of Medicine. She came to Brown to pursue Health Service Research and she completed her Master’s in Public Health at Brown in 2003.

Dr. Ritchie’s interest is in policies and social conditions that affect our health, our health care system and our well-being. Her work now involves working with Brown students, faculty and the diverse communities of Rhode Island at large to establish collaboration for greater community activity in health promotion. Through her work on the Transcultural Community Health Initiative (TCHI), initiated in 2003, she has created a Community Health Worker (CHW) program, based on nationally recognized core competencies. This program is designed to stand alone or comprise part of an entry level career path for diverse underrepresented communities.

The Relationship of Health Reform and Health Equity

CHI-RI Advisory Board

Gus Santos
Metro Economic Development Investment Corporation

Michelle Gonzalez
Founder Soul At Work

Rochelle Lee

Senior Partner

Bates and Hall Associates

Robert P Naparstek, MD, FACOEM

Consulting in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Robert Panoff



Donna DeeDee Williams

Director of Outreach and Engagement

The Housing Action Coalition of RI

Steve Lutterbeck

Director of Operations

Social Venture Partners Rhode Island

Social Enterprise Rhode Island


We define partners as those people or organizations that actively work with us to forward Health Equity and/or the Community Health Worker Workforce. Would you like to be a Partner?

  • Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention, Memorial Hospital
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Community Health Workers Association of Rhode Island
  • Ocean State Action
  • Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
  • New Commons Think Tank
  • HEALTH, Department of Health

Organizations identified and/or working with, with similar or overlapping missions

  • Brown University’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • RIDE Office of Adult Education
  • Prairie Avenue Revitalization
  • Welcome Back Center at Dorcas Place
  • Life Span’s Stepping up Program
  • International Institute and Memorial Hospital
  • Community Health Supporters for  Refugees
  • Ocean State Action
  • United Nurses and Allied Professions
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Rhode Island for Community and Justice

Participants List of the 2004 TCHI Rhode Island Foundation Roundtable

  • American Cancer Society
  • Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly
  • Community Health Services – Miriam Hospital
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA)
  • DHHS Region I, Office of Minority Health
  • Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center
  • Eastern Connecticut Area Health Education Center
  • Education Alliance (at Brown University)
  • Hillside Avenue Family & Community Medicine
  • International Institute of Rhode Island
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
  • New England HIV Education Consortium
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (NHPRI)
  • Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH)
  1. Office of Minority Health
  2. Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  3. Division of Family Health
  • RI Health Center Association
  • RI Hospital
  • Socio-Economic Development Center
  • Sojourner House
  • South Providence Development Corporation
  • South Providence Neighborhood Ministries
  • St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care
  • Swearer Center – Adult Literacy, Brown University
  • State of RI, Dept. of Human Services
  • The Genesis Center
  • The Rhode Island Foundation
  • URI College of Continuing Education
  • URI Community Research and Service Team

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