Strategic Initiatives

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.

% of children with a medical home

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. As of 2020, 52% of Rhode Island children received regular care in a medical home.

% of adults reporting a routine check up

90% of adults report a routine checkup

Since 2018, approximately 84% of adults in Rhode Island reported a routine physical exam in the previous year. 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

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. However, disaggregated data are showing movement in the right direction for adults identifying as Black, multiracial or some other race with self-reported visits for routine check-ups exceeding those for other racial groups. 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.

% reduction in health disparities

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.

Other sector impact targets

Learn about the 2025 impact targets for our other sectors

Sources: CDC Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, the National Survey of Children's Health, and the RI Department of Health/RI Kids Count.