The Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) first partnered with Cortico on the Make it Happen project: an initiative to develop recommendations to policy leaders for spending $1 billion in stimulus funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Through the collaboration, RIF led a community engagement project gathering input and recommendations from local communities most affected by COVID-19.
RIF renewed its partnership with Cortico for a second community engagement project, collecting input and feedback on a proposed merger of the Lifespan and Care New England hospital systems. Leveraging Cortico’s methods and technology, RIF conducted and analyzed targeted, small group conversations to deepen the community input process surrounding the merger.
From these conversations, Cortico and RIF delivered a report to a committee of policy makers which centered and amplified community members’ voices on 8 major topic areas including health equity, access, cost, and quality of care.One of the most exciting things about building this program has been the spirit of experimentation we’ve all had. Branch staff have really embraced figuring out what their intended audience is for this program and getting to know their community in the process.