Better health. One connection at a time.
Since 1997, Health Leads has been working with families in Providence to connect them with the basic resources they need to be healthy.
Part of the Clinic Team
Health Leads Providence opened our program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 1997 and has grown to play an instrumental role in its outpatient pediatric clinic. Health Leads Advocates circulate through the exam rooms, introducing our program and distributing a screening tool co-developed with Hasbro to help providers identify patients with basic resource needs. Patients with Health Leads referrals start working with our Advocates in the clinic waiting room, where our Health Leads Desk is prominently placed.
Part of the Community
Health Leads Providence recruits and trains college students from Brown University to staff the Health Leads Desk at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Students volunteer their time as Health Leads Advocates, working side by side with patients to connect them with community resources such as local food pantries and utilities assistance programs. They work with a variety of patient populations in Providence, including Spanish-speaking families, teenage mothers, and refugees.
Health Leads enables doctors, nurses and social workers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication. We recruit and train college students to “fill” these prescriptions by connecting patients with the basic resources they need to be healthy.