Primary Healthcare Reform: A Signature Initiative
Our primary goals for primary healthcare reform are to lead efforts - with our many community partners - to reduce the number of Rhode Islanders without a primary care "medical home" and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in Rhode Island.
Activities toward the goals
Examples of our integrated grantmaking, development. and community leadership activities toward these goals include:
On October 9, 2012, the Foundation convened a panel of state health and medical leaders for a discussion, "Primary Care: The Future of Rhode Island Healthcare."
|Michael Fine, M.D., and Edward Wng, M.D., were among the panelists at the October 2012 primary care forum.|
As part of the Rhode Island Community Forums, the Foundation and Rhode Island Public Radio co-sponsored a panel discussion, Rhode Island Health Care Insurance Exchange. See the video from the October 19, 2011 forum.
In 2010, the Foundation co-sponsored with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts a series of public forums addressing the challenges and opportunities of implementing health system reform in Rhode Island. The "Making it Work: Health Reform in Rhode Island" series led to the creation of the Coalition for Primary Care, which is serving to coordinate efforts to improve access to primary care in Rhode Island.
Spotlight on primary healthcare reform
What makes this work possible?
In addition to unrestricted funds at the Foundation, we are fortunate to have a number of field of interest funds for health. The largest, the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island, was established in 2008 and focuses on primary care.
If you also want to improve access to and the availability of primary healthcare in Rhode Island, we invite you to join us. Call or email Yvette Mendez, grant programs officer, (401) 427-4051.