Clinical Collaborations between Clinical Social Work and Community Health Workers

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 9:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.

The role of  the community health worker is essential to successful outcomes for some of our most vulnerable patients and families. This workshop will discuss the implementation of this role across Rhode Island, as well as the challenges and lessons learned along the way. Social workers and community health workers work closely together at Lifespan, and several of our staff will present case examples demonstrating the power of this clinical collaboration.


Jennifer W. Jencks, PhD, LICSW

Jennifer W. Jencks, PhD, LICSW, is the manager of pediatric social work at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and she manages the community health worker team at Rhode Island Hospital. She previously worked at Lifespan as the director of the Access Center at Bradley Hospital and assistant director of Lifespan pediatric behavioral health emergency services. She also has thirty years of experience working with children and adolescents with anxiety and depression in private practice utilizing both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

Dr. Jencks has been a guest lecturer for the residency training program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University since 2009. She has also led conferences on trauma informed care, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trichotillomania. Her research interests include anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, youth suicide prevention, and the impact of community health workers on patient outcomes. Jencks has been teaching online and in the classroom for twelve years on clinical social work with youth.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the role of community health workers and the way the role was implemented in RI.
  2. Describe the clinical support community health worker’s provide.
  3. Explain how clinical outcomes improve when social work and community health worker team members collaborate to address social determinants of health and practical barriers which prevent patient follow through. 


The target audience for this presentation is psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals.

This presentation has been approved for two CE hours/credits (see below).


The fee for this presentation is $49.

Online registration closes on Monday, May 6, 2024.

For refund/cancellation information, please email or call Mayra Colon at 401-606-5753.

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Credit Details

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.  

Rhode Island Hospital designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this activity for a maximum of 2.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage, and family therapists.

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents, or adults.  Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Location Information

All sessions in thsi series will be held virtually.