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Issue Brief -- Local Quality Collaboratives

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The latest Alliance issue brief reports on how collaboratives are working at the local level to improve care in ways tailored to each community’s needs. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The projects focus on a single city, or can take in a whole state. Each acknowledges that “all health care is local.” Each brings together local stakeholders to agree on, and address, local quality priorities.

Written by the Alliance’s Deanna Okrent, the four-page issue brief covers three types of initiatives – Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Beacon Community Cooperative program overseen by HHS and the Chartered Value Exchanges program, administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

To download the issue brief, “Improving Health Care Quality Through Community Collaboratives,” click here or go to  The Alliance has also prepared an interactive map showing the projects state-by-state and a side-by-side chart comparing the three types of projects.

Click here to see a related 3-minute video on Aligning Forces for Quality, featuring the program's national director, Dr. Robert Graham of George Washington University.


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