2025 Impact Targets: Healthy Lives
In Healthy Lives the Foundation's investments of funding, and our institutional investment beyond grantmaking, are aimed at improving health outcomes for Rhode Islanders, providing better care, and lowering costs.
75% of children have a medical home
The Patient-Centered Medical Home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults that facilitates partnerships between patients their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. It is a model that improves health and wellbeing by proactively managing and coordinating care, increasing the use of preventive care and regular screenings, and supporting patients and families in new and innovative ways. In 2021, 51% of Rhode Island children received regular care in a medical home.
90% of adults report a routine checkup
In 2021, 81% of adults in Rhode Island reported a routine physical exam in the previous year. This is lower than the previous rate of 84% between 2018 and 2020. Regular and consistent (annual) routine health exams are a priority for true health care – preventive care – to identify problems before they start or when they are in early phases, when chances for treatment and cure are better.
50% reduction in health disparities measured by routine care
As observed in the other strategic initiative sectors, disparities exist in health access and outcomes for individuals depending on their race and ethnicity. Recent disaggregated data around access to routine care confirm disparate outcomes for adults identifying as Asian, Hispanic and Multiracial. Routine care through regular, annual check-ups is important for early identification and treatment of potentially serious illnesses, lowers the likelihood of emergency room visits, and results in lower health care costs.
50% reduction in health disparities measured in maternal and child health indicators
Although progress has been made on
some health indicators across racial and ethnic populations, such as in births
to teens, disparities still exist across numerous indicators of maternal and
child health. Women
and children of color experience poorer healthcare access and experiences than
white Rhode Islanders. As shown in these data, women of color are more
likely than white women to receive delayed prenatal care and have infants with
low birth weight.
Sources: CDC Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, the National Survey of Children's Health, and the RI Department of Health/RI Kids Count.