Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provide models for national reform. In regions across the U.S., teams of stakeholders representing the people who get care, give care and pay for care are working to rebuild health care systems, so they work better for everyone. The program aims to drive change in local health care markets that will result in measurable improvements in quality by 2015.
More than 37 million people live in AF4Q communities—stretching across 15 states and encompassing 253 counties. More than 35,000 primary care physicians practice in these communities, and RWJF anticipates that more than half of them—and many of the hundreds of hospitals in these regions—will eventually be a part of the AF4Q activities.
Here you’ll find stories of those communities—of the people who deliver the AF4Q vision and those who receive care.