Humboldt County, CA


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...

Creating Regional Partnerships to Improve Care Transitions
 
As patients move from one care setting to another, problems such as lack of follow-up care and miscommunication among clinicians often occur and can put patients at risk for serious complications and hospital readmission. Some patients have additional problems such as depression, social isolation, or a lack of housing or transportation that may increase their risk of hospital readmission. Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30...
The Data
In 2011, the California Health Care Foundation released a report of surgical rates of 13 procedures for selected hospital services areas (HSAs) across the state. The procedures, which are known to be “preference sensitive,” or “elective,” address conditions that could be treated with various interventions depending on the preference of the doctor and patient. At first glance, it can be difficult to understand what the four years of collected data mean at the local level. However, for longtime veterans of Humboldt County...

        

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Humboldt County is led by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP). CCRP is a research center at Humboldt State University committed to informing policy, building community, and promoting the health and well-being of rural people and environments. Aligning Forces Humboldt is a network of health care stakeholders, including providers, consumers, employers, and community leaders. The project has three aims – provider measurement and public reporting, consumer engagement, and medical care improvement activities.

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Visit the Public Reporting Page for this Alliance here.
 

Contact Us

Humboldt County, CA
Aligning Forces Humboldt
California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University
1125 16th Street, Suite 204
Arcata, CA 95521
 
 
707-445-2806
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes MSHS, CPHQ
California Center for Rural Policy
Project Co-Director
 
Melissa Jones
Aligning Forces Humboldt
Project Director