Healthy Lives

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

Primary care plays an important role in achieving healthy outcomes.One of the strategies of our healthy lives initiative is to educate consumers and community leaders about the importance of primary care.

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.


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


  • 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.

Data on Key Indicators


As part of our commitment to ongoing learning, we track key statewide indicators in our priority areas, including education, to better understand the challenges and refine strategies to address them. Learn more at our Community Dashboard.

Learn more about the sector in our Community Dashboard.

Within the health sector, specific funds are available that extend our grantmaking. The FUND FOR A HEALTHY RHODE ISLAND aims to strengthen the primary care system by offering grants that improve access to primary care for Rhode Islanders. 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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