Cincinnati, OH

Quality Field Notes features key lessons learned by regional Alliances of clinicians, patients, and payers in Aligning Forces for Quality communities as they work to transform local health care and provide models for national reform. The latest topic in this series focuses on improving equity in health care. In 2009, the excess health care costs associated with disparities were estimated at $60 billion. A review of health quality data shows race and ethnicity continue to impact a patient...

Asking patients their race, ethnicity, and language preferences can feel awkward for busy hospital registration staff, but Cincinnati-area hospitals have found that asking these questions reveals important information that can help them to more effectively identify and address potential disparities in the care they deliver.

Today more than one-third of Americans are racial or ethnic minorities, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion will increase to more than half of the U.S. population by 2043.  This shift in national demographics will have a tremendous impact...

Navigating the health care system can be a challenge for anyone. It’s hard to find a compatible primary care provider. Hospitals are intimidating. Being sick is overwhelming. Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality (Cincinnati AF4Q), led by the Health Collaborative, is taking action and empowering consumers to be informed advocates of their health care.
To educate patients, help them find a doctor, and help them take the next steps in accessing high- quality care, the Health Collaborative launched a website,...

Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality (Cincinnati AF4Q) is led by the Health Collaborative. Established in 1992, the Health Collaborative is a diverse coalition of health care stakeholders representing the hospital, physician, employer, insurer, government, education and consumer sectors. Its mission is to stimulate significant and measurable improvement in the health status of the people in Greater Cincinnati through collaborative leadership.


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Visit the Public Reporting Website Here.

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Cincinnati, OH
Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati
2649 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Judy Hirsh
The Health Collaborative
Director, Consumer Strategy & Programs
Richard Shonk, MD
The Health Collaborative/ Greater Cincinnati Health Council/HealthBridge
Chief Medical Officer