2019

RI LIFE INDEX

Topics include access to affordable housing, childcare and activities for youth, quality education, affordable and nutritious food, good jobs, medical care, programs for seniors, transportation services, feeling safe at home, and cost of living.
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Summary: Perceptions of Community

PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

QUALITY OF COMMUNITY

DEFINITION
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
  • Employment
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities

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.

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY LIFE

DEFINITION
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
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • 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

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Perceptions of Community

PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

JOBS

DEFINITION
How do residents rate job opportunities and job training programs?
 
TOPICS: Availability of jobs; employment with living wage; access to adult education

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

HOUSING

DEFINITION
How do residents rate access to affordable, quality housing?

TOPICS: Cost of housing; difficulty paying for utilities; access to internet connection

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

FOOD

DEFINITION
How do residents rate access to affordable, nutritious food?

TOPICS: Access to nutritious affordable food; convenience of location of nutritious food

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

TRANSPORTATION

DEFINITION
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 

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

SAFETY

DEFINITION
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 

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

OLDER ADULTS

DEFINITION
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

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

CHILDREN

DEFINITION
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 

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ACTUAL EXPERIENCES

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

DEFINITION
How do residents rate access to healthcare?

TOPICS: Routine medical care; mental health or substance abuse treatment if needed

 
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Actual Experiences

ACTUAL EXPERIENCES

HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

DEFINITION
To what extent are residents able to access needed healthcare? 

TOPICS: Prescription medicines; over-the-counter medicines; dental care; vision care; any other healthcare 

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ACTUAL EXPERIENCES

SOCIAL INTEGRATION

DEFINITION
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 

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ACTUAL EXPERIENCES

PERSONAL SELF-RATED HEALTH

DEFINITION
How do residents rate their own health? 

TOPICS: Overall health; mental health 

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ACTUAL EXPERIENCESOPIOID EPIDEMIC

DEFINITION
Have you, an immediate family member, extended family member, or friend abused opioids? 

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ACTUAL EXPERIENCESNEEDED MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

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AMONG THOSE WHO NEEDED IT:
Were you able to access mental health or substance abuse treatment?

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Percentage of respondents who said usually or always.

ACTUAL EXPERIENCESEMERGENCY ROOM USE IN PAST 12 MONTHS

DEFINITION
How many times have you visited an emergency room for a medical issue? 

 

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Percentage of respondents who indicated one or more visits to the emergency room for any reason in the past 12 months. 

ACTUAL EXPERIENCESDISCRIMINATION IN PAST 12 MONTHS

DEFINITION
How often have you been concerned about being treated unfairly in a healthcare setting because of your race, ethnicity, or some other personal characteristic?

 

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Percentage of respondents who said usually or always.
 
Note: Since only approximately 150 residents statewide endorsed this item, we could not reliably divide the sample into any categories other than Core City and Non-Core.
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