Humboldt County, CA

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...

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 third topic in this series focuses on how engaged patients can lead to improved health and health care. Patients without the skills to manage their...

California’s Humboldt County faces unique public health challenges, including a shifting local economy and a drug-related death rate that’s 300 percent higher than state averages. J. Duncan Moore, Jr., a prominent health policy writer and co-founder of the Association for Health Care Journalists, examines how Humboldt’s Aligning Forces program put patients at center stage of community-wide efforts to improve the quality of local health care system. The article is part of Journalists on Quality, a series of investigative profiles on how Aligning Forces has affected...


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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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
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes MSHS, CPHQ
California Center for Rural Policy
Project Co-Director
Melissa Jones
Aligning Forces Humboldt
Project Director