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 adults reporting a routine check up

90% of adults report a routine check up

For multiple years now, roughly 4 out of 5 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.

% 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.

Adults reporting poor or fair health status

Adults with poor or fair health status

Roughly 1 in 5 adults in Rhode Island report that their health status is fair or poor. This rate has held relatively steady over the past five years. When examined by race and ethnic status, wide disparities exist, with closer to 1 in 3 Latinos reporting poor health status, compared with the white population at 15%. Limited historical data are available on self-reported health for other population groups in the state, however in 2018 the Rhode Island Foundation supported a grant to increase sampling of minority population groups to fill this gap in knowledge.

50% reduction in health disparities

50% reduction in health disparities measured in maternal and child health indicators

As observed in the other strategic initiative sectors, stark disparities exist in health access and outcomes for women and children depending up on their race and ethnicity. For example, women of color are more likely to have children during teen years less likely to receive health care during pregnancy. Children of color are more likely to be born early and at a low birth weight, and less likely to have health insurance.

Child at dentist

80% of healthcare dollars paid through alternative payment models

As new health care reimbursement models are developed and introduced, it is important to set specific targets for the health sector to meet. Establishing statewide targets sends the message that Rhode Island is committed to paying for the value, rather than the volume of services provided. Local health care stakeholders have committed to and are working to implement payment reform by testing and adopting alternative payment models and reducing the traditional fee-for-service model.

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