2011 and May 2013, Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital participated
in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process initiated by Lifespan on
behalf of its four member hospitals in order to maximize the depth and breadth
of data collection and analysis and to leverage synergies among the
institutions. During the CHNA, 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.
quantitative analysis revealed five broad areas of health need, as identified
by stakeholders and supported by data, in the context of the mission and scope
of service of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital:
Current and potential
opportunities to address the identified needs were then evaluated – creating an
implementation plan designed to improve community health status.
Rhode Island Hospital
and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital are grateful to the community stakeholders
who so generously shared their expertise and experience, and we pledge to
continue to be deeply engaged in our shared mission of working toward a
healthier Rhode Island. Our hope is that our 2013 community health needs
assessment will serve as useful analysis from which productive dialogue and impactful
action can be launched for the benefit of our community.