ALIGN: A Summit on Increasing Value in Health Care (Featuring Lessons from RWJF's Aligning Forces for Quality)

This November, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will host a national summit to discuss what’s working—and what’s needed—to improve health care quality and reduce costs in U.S. communities. We’ll take an in-depth look at what specific regions of the country have done to improve their local health care markets and discuss what other communities can learn from their experience.
Over the past eight years, efforts supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have shown that bringing together the people who give, get, and pay for health care locally can improve its quality. Since 2006, 16 Aligning Forces for Quality communities have convened partnerships, often where none existed, to propel health and health care in ways big and small. Their work offers models for local and national reform.
On November 13 and 14 in Washington, DC, we will share lessons and discuss how they inform future efforts to create a Culture of Health.
For more information, contact us at This meeting is by invitation only.

Thursday, November 13
7:45am-8:45am: Designing Meaningful Evaluations of Complex Health Care Improvement Initiatives Breakfast Session
9:00am-10:00am: Opening Plenary: Measuring Value: The Promise of Transparency
10:20am-11:50am: Breakout 1 - The End Game: How to Use Data to Improve Quality
10:20am-11:50am: Breakout 2 - The Data Journey: Getting to Value
10:20am-11:50am: Breakout 3 - Driving Quality Improvement
12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch Plenary: Paying for Value: Does Money Talk?
1:35pm-3:00pm: Breakout 4 - Cost of Care: Creating a Demand for Value Across Communities
1:35pm-3:00pm: Breakout 5 - The "Buy Side": Leveraging Purchasing Power
1:35pm-3:00pm: Breakout 6 - Paying for Value
3:15pm-5:15pm: Spotlight Talks
Friday, November 14
9:00am-10:00am: Plenary: Delivering Value: A Transformation Has Begun
10:15am-11:45am: Breakout 7 - The Far-Reaching Value of a Patient-Centered Culture
10:15am-11:45am: Breakout 8 - Aligning for Value
10:15am-11:45am: Breakout 9 - Re-Engineering Delivery
12:30pm-1:30pm: Closing plenary: Building a Culture of (High-Value) Health