On April 4th, 2018, Representative Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) and Community Health Workers celebrated the passing of a House resolution to declare April as Community Health Worker month in Rhode Island. Rep. Diaz, herself a CHW, introduced resolution 2018-H 8047 to honor the dedication and accomplishments of CHWs in RI.
The resolution reads, in full, “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.”
Rep. Diaz commented on CHW’s commitment to community and equity: “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. I was honored to introduce this resolution and welcome them to the State House to recognize their efforts and dedication.”
Congratulations to all CHWs in Rhode Island for this honor!