Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2011 estimated population of 1,051,302 people. Providence is the state capital. The stateís largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 86.3% of the stateís population is white, 7.2% is Black/African-American, and 12.8% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2011).
Rhode Island has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are no Rural Health Clinics in Rhode Island (Kaiser, 2012), and 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 44 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2010). 12.0% of Rhode Island residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Rhode Island residents in 2009 was $41,392. Estimates from 2010 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 14.2%. 2010 ACS data reports that 16.3% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 11.3% (USDA-ERS, 2011).
* Rhode Island does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Rhode Island does have pockets of rurality.
For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI)
Works to be an advocate for the hospitals in Rhode Island. The purpose of such advocacy is to facilitate the hospitals' mission of providing quality health care to the people in and near Rhode Island.
HUD Community Development Block Grants: Rhode Island
Contact information for the State CDBG program. Provides funding for community development projects.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM-NER)
Supports collaboration among 16 regional libraries and over 500 library and information centers in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the nation. Focuses on rural issues including community and economic development, food systems, natural resources, and entrepreneurship. Serves a 12 state area in the Northeast region which includes CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, PA, WV, NH, ME, MD, VT.
NorthEast Telehealth Resource Center
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.
Resources for Communities and People Solutions
Works with communities of all sizes to address a broad range of needs.
Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Provides recruitment, retention and continuing education strategies to the providers and the agencies which serve the most vulnerable of Rhode Island's citizens.
Rhode Island Child Support Agency
To enhance the well-being of children by assuring that assistance in obtaining support, including financial and medical, is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations, and monitoring and enforcing those obligations.
Rhode Island Community Action Agency Network
In Rhode Island, eight separate 501(c)3 non-profit corporations work daily to strengthen families, open doors to self-sufficiency, and improve their communities.
Rhode Island Department of Health
The primary mission is to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Department of Health: Office of Minority Health
Facilitate access to health information, education and risk reduction activities for racial and ethnic minority communities and to develop policies, plans and tracking systems for ensuring that the needs of these communities are integrated and addressed within all health programs.
Rhode Island Department of Human Services
An organization of opportunity, working hand-in-hand with other resources in Rhode Island to offer a full continuum of services for families, adults, children, the elderly, those with disabilities and veterans.
Rhode Island Foundation
Focuses on arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, and human services in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA)
Works to improve the quality and delivery of primary health care in Rhode Island, particularly for medically indigent and under-served people.
Rhode Island Kids Count
Provides information on child well-being, stimulates dialogue on children's issues, and promotes accountability and action.
Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Promotes continued improvement in the health status of residents in rural Rhode Island. Works to see that all people in Rhode Island have the opportunity to live a safe and healthy life in a safe and healthy community. A division of the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Primary Care, Division of Disease Prevention & Control.
Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI)
Rhode Island State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Rhode Island (HUD)
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
USDA Rural Development State Office: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
ERS State Fact Sheet: Rhode Island
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
National Healthcare Quality Report State Snapshot: Rhode Island
Health care quality report for the state, based on the National Healthcare Quality Report.
NN/LM New England Region: Rhode Island Resources
Overview of the state and provides links to state agencies, health associations, and other resources for residents of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Health Centers Data
Provides access to information on Federally Qualified Health Centers for the state. Includes a map of FQHC locations, as well as information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Rhode Island Health Literacy Project
Provides health literacy resources including a Health Literacy Provider Toolkit. Includes information for patients, cultural competency resources, and physician resources.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Rhode Island QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Rhode Island State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
See also: State-by-State Resources: Tools
BJís Charitable Foundation
Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved.
Claneil Foundation Special Project Fund
Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition.
Gladys Brooks Foundation Grants
Offers grants for libraries, educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region Funding
Provides funding for National Network of Libraries members located in the New England region to assist them in conducting outreach and technology projects.
Nonprofit Training Resource Fund
Grants to organizations for employees to attend approved classes and courses that will enhance their job performance.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, and environmental consciousness.
Inactive Funding Opportunities -
Lists additional funding programs for this state that are not currently accepting applications. Programs that are inactive may be offered again in the future.
Documents, Reports and Other Publications
Changing Faces of New England: Increasing Spatial and Racial Diversity
Author(s): Keneth M. Johnson
Sponsoring organization: Carsey Institute
Discusses racial diversity in New England. Includes information about rural or Nonmetropolitan New England.
Demographic and Economic Profile: Rhode Island
Author(s): Kathleen K. Miller
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
Discusses demographic and economic data including population, race, education, age, poverty, income, and more. Includes maps and graphics.
Date: 02 / 2009
Health of Rhode Island Non-Metropolitan Communities
Sponsoring organization: Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Provides demographic information on the health of people living is non-metropolitan Rhode Island.
Date: 11 / 2011
Impact of Primary Care on Healthcare Cost and Population Health: A Literature Review
Sponsoring organization: Rhode Island Department of Health
Finds that the supply of primary care physicians is positively associated with better health outcomes in U.S. population-based studies regardless of the level of analysis: state, county, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), or non-MSA.
Date: 02 / 2012
Small Business Profile: Rhode Island
Sponsoring organization: Small Business Administration
Profile of the state's economy, covering the number of firms, industry composition, small business income, banking, women and minority business ownership, and employment.
Date: 2 / 2013
See also: State-by-State Resources: Documents
Rhode Island Regional Quality Improvement Initiative
The Rhode Island RQI initiative is aligning performance standards and financial incentives among the stateís health plans, purchasers, and providers. Using morbidity, cost, and prevalence data, stakeholders selected four chronic conditions for quality improvement: pediatric asthma, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and depression.