Care New England prides itself in its on-going efforts to assess community need and has always strived to respond with programs and interventions geared toward addressing these needs. Through targeted efforts, Care New England has worked to improve public health and the quality of life for the state and region. From staff involvement in community organizations to the role we play as educators for those aspiring to careers in health, from the sponsorship of community events to the everyday commitment of our health educators who lead a rich array of classes and programs at our institutions, we embrace our roles as advocates, teachers and good neighbors.
In support of Care New England’s community benefit activities and to guide community health improvement efforts across the system, Care New England participated in a statewide comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), led by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI), and its member hospitals. The CHNA was conducted from September 2012 to June 2013. The assessment was conducted in a timeline to comply with requirements set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as to further the hospital’s commitment to community health and population health management.