Humboldt County, CA

As she sat in the car with her teenage son while he was first learning to drive, Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes felt a familiar mix of excitement and trepidation, much like when Humboldt first embarked upon patient engagement activities. Humboldt tried to go from “zero to sixty” with its patient engagement. “Enthusiasm does not equate to readiness. We tried to scale up our patient engagement activities in an unsustainable way,” she said. Fortunately, Humboldt learned from its mistakes. The Humboldt Alliance took those lessons and created a roadmap to support patient...

The Humboldt Alliance’s work to improve public reporting and transparency in health quality metrics was recently featured in the Redwood Times. Aligning Forces Humboldt, in partnership with the Humboldt Del Norte Independent Practice Association, has launched a new webpage to help patients in Humboldt find the best primary care for themselves and their families. The webpage was designed to make it easy to search and compare primary care doctors' offices based on how well doctors provide certain aspects of care, services, tests,...

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 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
California Center for Rural Policy
Project Co-Director