Every three years, hospitals collaborate to perform a statewide community health need assessment. The findings from these studies are used to create programs, initiatives and services to address the changing health care needs of Rhode Islanders.
The 2016 statewide community health needs assessment was a comprehensive study of the health care needs of Rhode Islanders. The process was conducted Baker Tilly and included:
of Rhode Island
Hospitals have agreed to collaborate over the next three years to address three priorities. While hospitals have community-specific implementation plans to address these and other areas, they will continue to meet collectively to address these issues collaboratively and analyze the impact of their activities.
Chronic disease: diabetes and heart disease
Maternal and child health
Mental health and substance abuse
Hospitals took their commitment to community health one step further by establishing an online portal of health indicators and data - Rhode Island Health Care Matters (www.rihealthcarematters.org). Rhode Island is only the fifth state in the nation to offer a statewide community health website. The site highlights hospitals’ commitment to public health by tracking statewide improvement and showcasing hospital best practices.
In accordance with Affordable Care Act, hospitals recently received approval from their boards of trustees on the assessment and implementation plans they created. The final reports have been released and can be viewed at www.rihealthcarematters.org.