Local Efforts Transforming Health Care

    • March 16, 2010

Despite spending the most money per capita of any industrialized nation in the world Americans often mistakenly assume that the U.S. health care system delivers the best care in the world. But, compared to the care in other countries, U.S. care is high-cost and low-quality.

From Puget Sound to Pennsylvania and everywhere in-between the quality of the health care being delivered varies widely with both good health care and bad health care being delivered in hospitals and in doctors’ offices in every community.

While health care quality is a national problem, health care is delivered locally and fixing it requires local action. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) effort is a long-term, comprehensive effort to improve the quality of care on the ground, in communities across the nation.

Seventeen communities are part of this effort to work with local leaders and transform their health care systems. Communities involved in AF4Q are working to lift the overall quality of health care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.

By aligning key leaders in the health care system, communities are on the brink of improving care and making long-lasting transformational change.