of Rhode Island

Hospital Association

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:

community health

  • Partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health/Health Equity Zones
  • Secondary Data Analysis
    -Public health statistics
    -Demographic socioeconomic statistics
    Hospital utilization
  • Primary Data Collection
    -​​Five community partners forums in health equity zones
    Three focus groups (Latino health consumers/behavioral health consumers and family members)
  • Developing implementation plans 

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. 

2016 priorities:

Behavioral health

Chronic disease: diabetes and heart disease

Maternal and child health 

2013 priorities:

Heart disease


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