Detroit, MI

Moe Rustom of Detroit has been a nurse for more than 23 years and understands the challenges of limited English proficiency in patients as a provider. He believes that using interpreters takes a clever health care provider. The opportunity may not always be apparent, but using interpreters can have a big payoff in terms of patient safety and experience. He describes one case in which a patient nodded his head when a nurse asked if he understood the directions for taking one pill a day for the next seven days—and that he patient went home, took all seven pills at once, and came back...

Detroit health care leaders are working to improve access to health care by addressing chronic disease, better communicating with patients about making wise care choices and helping the newly insured navigate a complex health system. These efforts are led by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, one of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) communities, which has brought together providers, patients, employers and insurers to help improve regional health care.
 
This program is a part of a larger effort by AF4Q to boost the overall quality of...


Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the visionary effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pilot real change in today's complicated health care system. For the past six years, AF4Q has brought together 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities across the United States behind a common purpose—to create sustainable models for health care transformation. Our ideas and initiatives have led to improvements in how health care is delivered, reductions in racial and ethnic disparities, and increased...

         

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Detroit is led by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), a multi-stakeholder regional health coalition that has served the residents of seven counties in southeastern Michigan for more than 60 years.  Members of this nonprofit community organization represent the region’s major purchasers (corporations and labor organizations), health systems and health plans, insurers, government, universities, physician groups, consumer and community opinion leaders, as well as other health care organizations and associations.  As the region’s foremost health care coalition, GDAHC provides a forum for multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships to develop, facilitate, and execute promising solutions aimed at improving cost, quality, and access to care.

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Detroit, MI
Greater Detroit Area Health Council
Globe Building 407 E. Fort Street
6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
 
 
313-963-4990
Lisa Mason
Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Inc.
Vice President, Cost Quality