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Community Health Needs Assessment

 Between September 2011 and May 2013, Bradley 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.


Qualitative and quantitative analysis revealed two broad areas of health need, as identified by stakeholders and supported by data, in the context of Bradley Hospital’s mission and scope of service:

  • Access to care
  • Mental health

Current and potential opportunities to address the identified needs were then evaluated – creating an implementation plan designed to work toward meeting Rhode Island’s needs in the area of children’s mental health.

The people of Bradley 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 meeting Rhode Island’s needs in the area of children’s mental health. 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 on behalf of Rhode Island’s children.