PROVIDENCE, RI (July 9, 2020) – Starting on July 13 and
running through August, more than 2,000 Rhode Islanders, chosen randomly, will
be asked to participate in the RI Life Index telephone survey. The survey is informed by the RI Life Index
Coalition, a group of community organizations working in the arenas highlighted within the
survey, including basic human needs and social services.
In 2019, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
(BCBSRI), in partnership with the Brown University School of Public Health,
created the RI Life Index as a way to better understand ways in which life
factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical
environment, employment, social support networks, and access to healthcare, are
perceived to impact health outcomes and overall well-being. Last year’s survey,
the first to explore Rhode Islanders’ perceptions of the life factors that
influence health and well-being, also served to inform BCBSRI’s future
community investments and philanthropy.
“Last year’s survey provided a window into how Rhode
Islanders view their own health and well-being, as well as that of their
community. What stood out was that many Rhode Islanders see access to safe and
affordable housing as a significant challenge. That key finding led BCBSRI to
invest nearly $800,000 in this critical area,” said Kim Keck, BCBSRI president
and CEO. “The 2020 survey will expand on topics included in 2019, with a set of
questions added that focus on exploring racial discrimination and health
The RI Life Index Coalition was established as a direct
result of the 2019 RI Life Index. Member organizations are shaping the next steps in the RI Life Index
journey, helping to animate and activate the Index, and providing thought
leadership on viable solutions to the challenges identified. Coalition members
also provide recommendations about how best to leverage existing data
resources. Members include: BCBSRI, United Way of
Rhode Island, the Rhode
Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the Brown
University School of Public Health, HousingWorks RI, Rhode Island Kids Count, Age-Friendly Rhode Island,
Progress Institute, Rhode Island Foundation and Lifespan Community Health Institute.
Siena College Research Institute will once again conduct the
survey. Among the question topics are affordable housing, economic mobility,
food access/food security, discrimination and micro-aggression, collective
efficacy, access to technology and access to medical care.
Results are expected to be released in late 2020. For more
information on the RI Life Index, the RI Life Index Coalition, and frequently
asked questions, please visit RILifeIndex.org.