Memphis, TN

The citizens of Memphis, TN, suffer from Type II diabetes rates above the national average. The average rate of diabetes prevalence in the United States is 8.3 percent, and in Shelby County the average rate is 12 percent, according to the County Health Rankings. Diabetes and pre-diabetes contribute to the majority of premature deaths in Tennessee, according to a recent study from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
And at the front lines of care, primary care physicians in Memphis tackle treating patients with diabetes...

AF4Q Alliances, are leading multiple initiatives to improve the quality of care while lowering costs in their communities. As part of this effort, some Alliances have launched programs to educate consumers about unnecessary variations in the cost and quality of care. The American Institutes for...

One of the most pressing problems in health care is the lack of connection between national-level problems and local delivery. Health Memphis Common Table (HMCT), leader of the Aligning Forces initiative in Memphis, is seeking to connect local hospitals to national outcomes by setting benchmarks for quality and comparing data among hospitals.

HMCT has negotiated with six Memphis-area hospitals to share blinded...


The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Memphis is led by Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT).  The organization was established in 2003 as a result of a community-wide forum calling for the creation of an organization to coordinate health improvement activities throughout Memphis.  Its mission is to support and encourage people to work together to ultimately make Memphis one of the healthiest cities in America! HMCT brings together key stakeholders such as consumers, health care providers, insurers, employers, government, advocacy groups, schools, universities, civic groups and neighborhoods. More than 200 partner organizations have joined HMCT’s efforts. Its initiatives include reducing obesity, diabetes, reducing disparities in health care, helping consumers understand what quality care is and more. Convincing all Memphis-area residents to live healthier lifestyles is a huge task, but HMCT is up to the challenge. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized HMCT as a promising national model for a regional health collaborative. 

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Memphis, TN
Healthy Memphis Common Table
6027 Walnut Grove Road
Suite 215
Memphis, TN 38120
Renee' Frazier
Healthy Memphis Common Table
CEO and Project Director