The Foundation's initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Place, was designed to help communities across the country align health care forces to improve the quality of health care.Building on George Washington University's (GWU) expertise serving as the National Program Office (NPO) for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) since 2008, through this grant, they will also serve as the NPO for the AF4Q Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) program beginning on October 1, 2011. During the first of two years as the AF4Q MATCH NPO, GWU's activities will focus on three major domains of activity: (1) planning, implementing, and monitoring technical assistance (TA); (2) supporting and tracking the progress of up to five AF4Q MATCH grantees' work; and (3) serving as a liaison to RWJF and other MATCH partners. In year one, the NPO will identify appropriate TA provider(s), execute and manage sub-contracts with the TA provider(s), orient both the TA provider and the Alliances to the program goals, develop and implement TA plans and a monitoring system for the program's progress, ensure that all activities are aligned with broader AF4Q goals, and communicate the progress, challenges, and successes to RWJF. If there is a common need related to the Alliance-selected health behaviors, social/economic factors, or systems and policy change approaches, the NPO will organize global training and TA. In addition, the NPO will ensure collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute, Community Catalyst as the MATCH Community Grants program NPO, RWJF, and other key stakeholders. Using the monitoring and tracking system, the NPO will capture and share stories and lessons learned from AF4Q MATCH project through the newly refreshed public AF4Q website and other social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook. As this is a two-year project, the NPO will work with the grantee Alliances to make sure efforts to sustain the project activities are incorporated early on.
Amount Awarded $232,793.00
Awarded on: 8/17/2011
Time frame: 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
Grant Number: 69356