Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project

The Foundation's program, Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project, was designed to support grants and technical assistance to community coalitions to work toward high-quality, patient-centered and equitable care.Aligning Forces for Quality (AFQ) -- the core initiative of the Foundation's Quality/Equality (Q/E) team strategy -- seeks to improve the quality of health care in up to 20 targeted regions across the country, with a special emphasis on making care more equitable and patient-centered. This project, along with others to be offered in the AFQ regions, will launch efforts to provide both inpatient and outpatient health care organizations in each community with an opportunity to participate in quality improvement collaboratives designed to improve the quality of inpatient and outpatient care, reduce disparities, engage front line nursing staff in quality improvement, and introduce the communities to state Medicaid programs. These collaboratives will build on the the Foundation's Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) national program and national initiatives led by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). Both collaboratives will offer technical assistance to hospital and ambulatory participants by spreading lessons learned, tools, strategies, and techniques from TCAB and previous CHCS initiatives. The Aligning Forces for Quality National Program Office will oversee these hospital collaborative efforts, which will be offered by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the CHCS.The overall goal of this project is to integrate the TCAB initiative and Medicaid provider quality improvement programs led by CHCS with AFQ goals. Collectively, the main activities of these collaborative projects will eventually include: (1) engaging up to 135 hospitals to participate in the nursing collaborative -- TCAB; (2) mobilizing public purchasers and health plans in AFQ communities; (3) connecting AFQ regions with Medicaid stakeholders and collecting performance data stratified by race, ethnicity, and language; (4) facilitating community spread activities in each AFQ region; and (5) communicating and disseminating information pertaining to collaborative activities, successes, and tools to a national audience. This project will be considered successful if it: (1) supports the selection and launching of the first cohort of hospitals from AFQ regions in the TCAB collaborative; and (2) supports the collaborative planning and convening of Medicaid stakeholders with Leadership Teams in AFQ regions.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,773,601.00

Awarded on: 8/19/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2009

Grant Number: 64798


Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

2121 K Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, 20002-4409


Bruce Siegel
Project Director