The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is investing in efforts to improve health systems in communities across the nation. Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), is one initiative that brings an unprecedented commitment of resources, expertise and training to turn proven health care reforms into real results at the community level. The AF4Q initiative focuses on care provided in doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals and the support provided in the community. It also emphasizes reducing racial and ethnic disparities in care and strengthening nursing’s role in improving quality.
AF4Q advances three interrelated reforms that experts believe are essential to improving health care quality:
- Quality improvement
- Performance measurement and public reporting
- Consumer engagement
Presented here are research highlights that have been prepared by the AF4Q Evaluation Team at Penn State University’s Center for Health Care and Policy Research which is studying the AF4Q initiative to gain insights about community-based reform that can guide health care practice and policy. The AF4Q Evaluation Team, led by Dennis P. Scanlon, Ph.D., presents periodic highlights on key findings and policy lessons gleaned from its ongoing mixed-method evaluation of the AF4Q program.