of Rhode Island

Hospital Association

The increase of population diversity is apparent in Rhode Island. In 2011, about 58% of the state’s residents were born in Rhode Island and about 13% of the residents were born in a foreign nation (29% born out of state). 


Minority populations in the state comprise a little over a quarter of the state population, at about 26%, and include a vast diversity of Southeast Asian, Latino, and many other populations. Given this information, it is imperative for hospitals to prepare themselves for the changes to come. 

In 2016, the HARI Board of Trustees committed to the national call to action to eliminate health care disparities through the Equity of Care campaign.

HARI encourages its members to participate. If you would like more information on the #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign, visit www.equityofcare.org.

Equity of Care is a national collaborative effort of the American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges and Catholic Health Association of the United States, and many others. The platform has taken a call to action to eliminate health disparities through:


  • Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data
  • Increasing cultural competency training
  • Increasing diversity in governance and leadership​ 



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