From 1993 to 2001, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, developed and implemented Community Health in Focus, a program designed to use the convening role of RWJF to stimulate action on health care issues identified by local communities.
Project staff convened 16 meetings during its funding. The funding also covered an evaluation of the project.
The Lewin Group—a health care consulting firm—evaluated the Community Health in Focus program. The assessment described results and lessons learned from all of the meetings from 1994 through 1996. It concluded that the model works best in communities already poised to develop a consensus approach.
The final grant allowed project staff to compare two sites that availed themselves of the follow-up funding to two that waived the opportunity in order to determine factors that might help predict which collaborations might successfully mobilize a community.