2019 RI LIFE INDEX
Summary: Perceptions of Community
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY QUALITY OF COMMUNITY
Quality of community scoring represents a summary of how residents rate social and economic aspects of their community, including the following topics:
- Access to childcare
- Activities for youth
QUESTION WORDING: For each statement, tell me if that statement is completely descriptive, somewhat descriptive, not very descriptive, or not descriptive at all of your community.
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY COMMUNITY LIFE
Community life scoring represents a summary of how residents perceive the lived experiences of typical individuals in their community, looking at the following areas:
- Access to childcare
- Recreational facilities and internet
- Personal safety
- Risk of incarceration
QUESTION WORDING: For each statement, please tell me how likely each is for a typical person living in your community: very likely; somewhat likely; somewhat unlikely; and very unlikely
Perceptions of Community
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY JOBS
How do residents rate job opportunities and job training programs?
TOPICS: Availability of jobs; employment with living wage; access to adult education
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY HOUSING
How do residents rate access to affordable, quality housing?
TOPICS: Cost of housing; difficulty paying for utilities; access to internet connection
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY FOOD
How do residents rate access to affordable, nutritious food?
TOPICS: Access to nutritious affordable food; convenience of location of nutritious food
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION
How do residents rate the availability of safe and reliable transportation?
TOPICS: Safe public transportation stops; special transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults; available transportation when needed
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
How safe do residents feel in and outside of their homes?
TOPICS: Feelings of safety in neighborhood; feelings of safety in home; risk of incarceration
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY OLDER ADULTS
How do residents rate the availability of services in their community for older adults?
TOPICS: Availability of social and civic programs; quality of healthcare services; ability for people to age in place
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY CHILDREN
How do residents rate programs and services available for children?
TOPICS: Place to raise children; access to childcare; access to recreation facilities; activities for youth
PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
How do residents rate access to healthcare?
TOPICS: Routine medical care; mental health or substance abuse treatment if needed
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
To what extent are residents able to access needed healthcare?
TOPICS: Prescription medicines; over-the-counter medicines; dental care; vision care; any other healthcare
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES SOCIAL INTEGRATION
To what extent are residents socially connected to others in their community?
TOPICS: Visited with family friends or neighbors in person; talked to family or friends on the phone; kept up with friends or family using emails, text messages, or social media
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES PERSONAL SELF-RATED HEALTH
How do residents rate their own health?
TOPICS: Overall health; mental health
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES NEEDED MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT
AMONG THOSE WHO NEEDED IT:
Were you able to access mental health or substance abuse treatment?
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES EMERGENCY ROOM USE IN PAST 12 MONTHS
How many times have you visited an emergency room for a medical issue?
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES DISCRIMINATION IN PAST 12 MONTHS
How often have you been concerned about being treated unfairly in a healthcare setting because of your race, ethnicity, or some other personal characteristic?
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Have you, an immediate family member, extended family member, or friend abused opioids?