Fund for Healthy Rhode Island Grants
The Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island (FHRI) was created in February 2008 when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island contributed $20 million to create a permanent endowment at the Rhode Island Foundation to support “projects designed to have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable healthcare services in Rhode Island.”
Grants are typically awarded from the fund in three-year cycles.
With input from key stakeholders, primary care was the selected focus for the 2009, 2012, and 2015 grant cycles given its importance and relevance to the health of all Rhode Islanders. Increasing primary care access, utilization, and quality continues to be an important goal of the Foundation’s health grantmaking, and Rhode Island has made steady progress in the past decade.
In addition to quality primary care, we know that factors outside of the clinical setting must be addressed to achieve optimal health outcomes and reduce or eliminate health disparities between groups. Roughly 75-90% of an individual’s health status is influenced by social and environmental factors – the context in which Rhode Islanders live, work, play, and learn. These factors are recognized as social determinants of health. Achieving and maintaining good health is more likely when people are part of communities that promote health and healthy choices. Creating healthier and more equitable places requires meaningful, sustained collaboration.
With that, the focus for grantmaking from the fund in 2018 was to support place-based collaborations that address health disparities and improve population health in Rhode Island communities.