The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute has partnered with the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Medicaid program, to examine data from multiple sources, including Medicaid claims data, Lifespan hospital data, and national datasets. The purpose of this project is to geographically identify hot spots for asthma and examine neighborhood characteristics associated with asthma.
1. Identify geographic hot spots for asthma.
2. Examine neighborhood characteristics associated with asthma and other environmentally-mediated health conditions.
The mapping is important locally for guiding interventions and should also contribute to the scientific literature. We have mapped and performed spatial analysis on a decade of data from all Lifespan hospitals, including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. We are now focused on examining claims data from the Rhode Island Medicaid program.