Detroit, MI

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...

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...

         

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