What we're all about.
Better together, for a healthier Rhode Island.
Lifespan, Care New England and Brown share an important characteristic that makes them natural partners: Each is a not-for-profit organization that, consistent with its charitable purposes, is charged with serving the public good. In the case of Lifespan and Care New England, the core mission is to protect and improve the health of the communities they serve. In the case of Brown, and specifically The Warren Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health, the mission is to improve health and health care through education, research and biomedical discovery.
The final piece is decreasing health disparities and increasing access to health care. Hospitals, health care providers and medical schools play the critical role of supporting communities and individuals who have different levels of health literacy, and making health care accessible.
If the providers of health care can join with the medical school to provide integrated care to families from the cradle to end-of-life, it’s going to make a big difference for people’s lives.
Our vision for Rhode Island.
Together, we are focused on:
Expand commitments to our community.
We are better together
Together, we will amplify our focus on eliminating health disparities and improving the community health status as a primary focus of the integrated academic health system. Both Lifespan and Care New England have deep roots in the community and invest millions in community programs and services, and more than half of all of the doctors who have gone to The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as both medical students and residents remain in the state to practice medicine in Rhode Island. An integration of health care systems with participation by the physicians of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and resulting research capabilities will bring about a broad range of community benefits from the complementary strengths of the three organizations:
Upon successful establishment of the integrated academic health system, Lifespan and Care New England will work with our community partners and pledge an additional $10 million of new money over three years. Areas of focus will include:
- Enhanced access to primary care and behavioral health services
- Strategies that advance solutions to social determinants of health
- Expand and enhance participation in Medicaid Accountable Entity Program to serve our most vulnerable populations
The integrated academic health system will decrease health disparities and increase access to health care. Hospitals, health care providers, and medical schools play the critical role of supporting communities and individuals who have different levels of health literacy and making health care accessible.
The integrated academic health system will improve population health and reduce health disparities in Rhode Island while reducing costs by using innovative “big data-”informed strategies that have been developed and tested by leading researchers.
With the participation of clinicians, public health practitioners and researchers, we will promote healthy environments in Rhode Island communities that lead to reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in health.
We will collaborate with payers, including the state government, to develop ways to prevent deadly and costly diseases by reducing smoking, obesity, substance abuse, exposure to environmental toxins and more.