Lifespan in the Community
Commitment to Community
Learn more about Lifespan's commitment to community in a challenging health care environment.
Lifespan Corporate Giving
Lifespan and its affiliate hospitals have a long-standing history of giving financial and in-kind support to projects, events and programs which benefit the local communities and are core to our mission. Our giving aims to support the health of all Rhode Islanders with a strategic focus on neighborhoods in the Greater Providence Metropolitan area, East Providence, Aquidneck Island as well as cities and towns which closely surround our hospitals.
Lifespan coordinates hundreds of programs, events and community service activities that benefit as many as 30,000 southern New Englanders annually. The health system is committed to bringing our expertise and services into our communities.
Connect for Health
Connect for Health is a Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Lifespan Community Health Institute program that was created with the belief that in order to optimize a child’s health, the fundamental needs of the family must be addressed. This can include access to food, housing, transportation, and infant and family health supplies, among other resources.
If the program identifies families in need of these resources, trained Brown University students serve as personal health advocates, using a web-based directory to connect the families to community resources in their area. Advocates develop an action plan, which assists the family after they leave the hospital. Advocates will follow up with families regularly until they report that all needs have been addressed, or that they are equipped to navigate resources on their own. In fiscal year 2016, the program screened 1,066 unique families, fostered 2,315 successful resource connections, and maintained a directory of 1,073 community resources.
Lifespan Mentoring Program
The Lifespan Mentoring Program was launched in 2015 as a part of the Lifespan Community Health Institute’s equity-based workforce development strategy. The program pairs high school students interested in health careers with Lifespan professionals who work together to bolster the student’s essential skills in the academic, professional and social domains.
Students at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex and the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College are currently enrolled in the program. Lifespan mentors, which include bench scientists, clinicians, executive leadership, and others, make a two-year commitment to the program.
Mentors are required to meet at least once per month for clinical exposure, job shadowing, academic preparation, and fundamental support. Currently, 42 Lifespan mentors are paired with Providence high school juniors and seniors.
Back to School Celebration of RI
Lifespan has participated in the Back to School Celebration of RI each summer since the program began in 2007. Lifespan collects books from employees to distribute to Providence students each year. The Lifespan Community Health Institute staffs a table at distribution sites in Providence to help each student choose an age-appropriate book. Since 2013, Lifespan has collected and distributed more than 4,000 books to Providence children.
Rhode Island Free Clinic
Since 1999, Lifespan has been a premier partner of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a safety net for primary care, specialty care, labs and diagnostics, and prevention and wellness programs for uninsured adults. Since the clinic was founded, Lifespan has provided funding and in-kind services including:
- Clinical hours for service training
- IT infrastructure and electronic health record support
- Laboratory and diagnostic services
- Representation on the board of directors
These services are provided in addition to Lifespan professionals who serve as sustaining, active volunteers at the clinic.
Power Lunch Reading Program
The Power Lunch reading program began as a collaboration between Lifespan and Inspiring Minds. The program matches Lifespan employees with fourth and fifth graders in Providence schools who want to enhance their reading skills.
The effort doubles as both a literacy and mentoring program. From October to June, professionals are matched with one to two students and read to them for 30 minutes each week. These pairings allow volunteers to serve as informal mentors and positive role models for a student who needs extra help learning how to read.
The program currently works with students at Carl G. Lauro, Bailey, and Martin Luther King Elementary Schools.
Learning from Our Community
Lifespan launched a series of forums in 2016 to better understand the health needs of the communities that surround our hospitals.
Read the reports:
- Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
- Bradley Hospital
- Newport Hospital
For Our Neighbors
Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals produce newsletters to keep neighbors informed of hospital news and events.