Strategic Initiatives

Healthy Lives

Well being - from head to toe - is something everyone deserves. At the Foundation we believe that all Rhode Islanders should have access to better health care at lower costs, and we are working to invest funds and provide resources beyond grantmaking to encourage just that.

Read through the sections below to learn more about the impact we are hoping to make, and the strategies we use to guide this priority area.

The impact model for healthy lives presents a high-level view of the logic driving our strategic priorities and investments. It serves as an “if-then” summary for impact: IF we invest in targeted strategies and activities THEN we can expect to see interim outcomes and changes for Rhode Island residents and communities, with the expectation that working together with partners and communities we can help achieve long-term impact.

For example, in healthy lives specifically - IF we improve patient-centered primary care by reducing barriers, focusing on high-need populations, and promoting new models and delivery settings THEN we can expect to see better management of health conditions in, improved access to care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, and improved health literacy. Together with our partners - with this focus, and the others outlined in the impact model - we will begin to see improved health outcomes, better care, lower costs, and equity.

The 2019 activity targets you'll find in the impact model for healthy lives are benchmarks for our own internal accountability.

And, in terms of the annual targets within the impact model - in some cases the annual targets are quantifiable and large, and others are more difficult to quantify.

Across all three strategy areas (Economic Security, Educational Success, and Healthy Lives) we have highlighted 65% equity targets to serve Rhode Island residents and communities that are traditionally marginalized or underserved.

We invest in improving access to primary care, and in improving the quality of primary care. We also aim to improve recruitment and retention of a robust, diverse, primary care workforce. We focus on high-need geographies and patients at the greatest risk for poor health outcomes. We will support new models of care, patient-centered care, and innovative care delivery settings.

Example: The Rhode Island Health Centers Association (RIHCA), in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health, administers the Health Care Provider Loan Forgiveness program. A Foundation grant leverages federal dollars and additional support from local funders to forgive educational loans for providers practicing in designated health professional shortage areas and facilities (HPSAs).

We support an increase in meaningful contact and collaboration between primary care providers and social services, and an increase in the adoption of care delivery models that improve that type of coordination. Investments in these efforts will result in better coordination, data sharing, and most importantly improved health status for Rhode Islanders.

Example: South County Health (SCH) is partnering with the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to lead an initiative to promote positive child mental health. The Foundation is supporting the development of educational and training resources for parents, providers, and other child caregivers towards this goal.

We seek to inform strategic reforms to the state’s healthcare system. Particularly efforts to increase the availability and use of cost and price data, improve resource allocation, and enact better policies that will bring about better governance and accountability, transparency, efficiency, and slowed growth in spending.

Example: The Governor’s Working Group for Healthcare Innovation developed strategies to slow the growth of healthcare spending, supported by a Foundation-funded consultant. Separately, Foundation staff, along with public and private sector stakeholders, provide strategic direction to the State Innovation Model (SIM) Test Grant. The SIM Test Grant is a federally-funded initiative to transform how healthcare is delivered, paid for, and how consumers engage with health resources.

Explore Healthy Lives 2025 impact targets.

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