Healthy Lives

Health – including physical and mental well-being – is an important determinant of overall quality of life.

Christopher Furey, M.D. 
Christopher Furey, M.D., is one of 19 primary care physicians accepted, to date, into the Rhode Island Primary Care Educational Loan Repayment Program. The Program was established in 2010 to increase the number of primary care professionals in the state.

Access to quality healthcare

Many Rhode Islanders currently face barriers to quality healthcare; 14.6% of adults did not have health insurance in 2010 (lower than the national average but the highest rate in New England).

People without primary care or health insurance defer care or use hospital emergency rooms in times of crisis, driving up the costs of healthcare for everyone. Rhode Island has tremendous responsibilities and opportunities in implementing new federal reforms.

Objective

Improve access to and quality of primary care for all Rhode Islanders.

Strategies

  • Increase the number of primary care professionals practicing in Rhode Island.
  • Promote consumer use of primary care medical homes.
  • Identify, test, and spread integrated, “full body” approaches to health care (i.e. behavioral, dental, primary). 
  • Identify, test, and spread innovative new approaches to health care.
  • Educate consumers and community leaders about the importance of primary care.
Learn more about our grantmaking areas of focus and how to apply for a strategy grant.

Within the health sector, specific funds are available that extend our grantmaking. The FUND FOR A HEALTHY RHODE ISLAND features both a primary care loan forgiveness pool for health care providers and a grant program for innovations in direct services, access to affordable medications, and public awareness programs. The RIGHA Foundation Fund supports projects, programs, and organizations that support healthcare in Rhode Island. The fund does not directly support medical research. For additional Information or to apply to either program, please contact .

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Providence, RI 02903
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Contact

(401) 274-4564
info@rifoundation.org

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