2011 and May 2013, The Miriam 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 four broad areas of health need, as identified
by stakeholders and supported by data, in the context of the mission and scope
of service of The Miriam Hospital:
Current and potential
opportunities to address the identified needs were then evaluated – creating an
implementation plan designed to improve community health status.
The people of The
Miriam 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.