The Central Indiana Alliance for Health announced today that it has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to participate in Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), an unprecedented effort to lift the quality of health care provided in select communities nationwide. The largest health care philanthropy in the U.S., RWJF is investing up to $300 million in long-term commitments to improve the quality and equality of health care in America. Central Indiana joins 16 other select regions that are coordinating efforts to improve the quality of health care at hospitals and in doctors’ offices, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care, and provide models for implementing national reform.
“Across America, there are serious gaps between the health care that people should receive and the care they actually receive,” said Anne Weiss, who directs this work for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Despite having the most expensive health care system in the world, patients are subject to too many mistakes, too much miscommunication and too much inequity. As a result, too many Americans aren’t receiving the care they need and deserve. This unprecedented commitment of resources, expertise and training will turn proven practices for improving quality into real results in Central Indiana.”
The Central Indiana Alliance for Health will center its work on the core principle that to truly transform the health care system, everyone who gives care, gets care, and pays for care must work together. Specifically, the Central Indiana Alliance for Health will:
- Help physicians improve the quality of their care.
- Encourage people to become better partners with their doctors.
- Improve care inside hospitals, with a special focus on involving nurses.
- Reduce inequality in care for patients of different races and ethnicities.
“Far too often, quality is left out of the health reform equation,” said Nancy Meadows, project director for the Central Indiana Alliance for Health and a member of the staff at Health Care Excel, the organization leading the community’s AF4Q efforts. “Being selected to lead this work is an important recognition that we must address quality right here in our own backyard if we want to truly reform health care. We hope to work with key players in Central Indiana to bring significant changes to our health system, and share learnings with other communities across the country.”
Central Indiana’s selection in AF4Q will bring financial support, technical assistance and training to the Central Indiana Alliance for Health from national experts, coordinated by the Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University, the national program office of AF4Q.
“Doctors, nurses and hospitals – everyone in health care – wants to deliver high-quality care,” said J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., president & CEO, Indiana Health Information Exchange. “The fragmented nature of health care often prevents key players from working together. As a result, too many Americans aren’t receiving the best care at the right time. We want to help change that, and because of the Central Indiana Alliance for Health, this region is ripe for putting ideas into action.”
In addition to Central Indiana, RWJF is investing in 16 other states and communities, including: Albuquerque, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Humboldt County (Calif.), Kansas City (Mo.), Maine, Memphis, Minnesota, Puget Sound (Wash.), South Central Pennsylvania, West Michigan, Western New York, Willamette Valley (Ore.) and Wisconsin.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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