Humboldt County, CA

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...

“In my life, this is the most meaningful thing that I do‚éĮchanging the world eight people at a time. It’s a small group, but a small group of people who have had a hard time with their health. They begin to see themselves in a different light and their disease in a different light,” said Marion Love.

Love is referring to her work as a leader of the Our Pathways to Health program. Our Pathways...


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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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