The Coalition

It’s clear that in order to tackle the many social factors influencing health outcomes, key community partners must join together. The RI Life Index Coalition is a community coalition dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Rhode Islanders. Member organizations will shape 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 will also provide recommendations about best to leverage existing data resources. The following organizations, all of which are all working in the arenas highlighted within the survey, including basic human needs and social services, are Coalition members:

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Catherine Taylor,
AARP

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Michele Lederberg,
Blue Cross & Blue Shield
of Rhode Island

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Dr. Melissa Clark,
Brown University
School of Public Health

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Tina Spears,
Community Provider Network of Rhode Island

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Weayonnoh Nelson Davies,
Economic Progress Institute

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Brenda Clement,  HousingWorksRI

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Marcela Betancur,
Latino Policy Institute

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Carrie Bridges Feliz,
Lifespan Community Health Institute

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Jeff Gilbert,
Medical Legal Partnership Boston

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Andrew Schiff,
Rhode Island Community Food Bank

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Christopher Ausura,
 Rhode Island Department of Health

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Angela Bannerman Ankoma,
Katie Murray,
Rhode Island Foundation

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Stephanie Geller,
Rhode Island Kids Count

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Adama Brown,
Larry Warner,
United Way of Rhode Island

Former Coalition Members:
Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Rachel Flum

Blue Cross & Blue
Shield of Rhode Island

Brown University

Siena College Research Institute

Carolyn Belisle
Melanie Coon
Mark Sheldon
Jasmine Arnold
Richard Salit
Yasmin Diaz

Melissa Clark
Michelle Rogers
Tamara Sequeira
Sasha Dolgicer
Rebekah McKinney
Karen Scanlan

Don Levy
Meghann Crawford
Leslie Foster
Travis Brodbeck
April Backus
Interviewers and technical staff

Community-Based Organizations

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Other Acknowledgements

Martha L. Wofford, MBA, President & CEO, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Christina H. Paxson, PhD, President, Brown University
Ronald Aubert, PHD, Interim Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
Social Mission Committee of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Board of Directors