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  • Lifespan Community Health Needs Assessment Reports

    Between September 2011 and May 2013, Lifespan initiated a Community Heath Needs Assessment (CHNA) on behalf of its four member hospitals: Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital. During this process, more than 100 internal and external community stakeholders – clinicians, social workers, researchers, public health and health policy experts, community leaders, and more – were surveyed or interviewed. In addition to speaking with community leaders and members, the needs assessments took into account quantitative data from more than two-dozen sources on a wide range of health and social issues.  

    Qualitative and quantitative analysis revealed five broad areas of health needs, as identified by stakeholders and supported by data:

    • Access to care
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Healthier weight
    • Mental health

    The hospitals then considered each identified health need area in the context of their individual missions, scopes of service, and catchment areas. They then evaluated current and potential opportunities to address the identified needs – creating individual hospital-based implementation plans designed to improve community health status in the areas identified.

    Lifespan and its four member hospitals are grateful to the community stakeholders who so generously shared their expertise and experience.  Each affiliate hospital – which includes Gateway Behavioral Health as of 2013 – shared its mission of working toward a healthier Rhode Island. Our hope is that the 2013 community health needs assessments will serve as useful tools from which productive dialogue and impactful action can be launched for the benefit of the people we serve.

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