Memphis, TN

Health care leaders in Memphis are making strides to reduce long-standing racial and ethnic disparities in the care residents receive. These efforts, which range from improved hospital data collection to efforts by physician practices to offer more one-on-one patient counseling, have led to lasting improvements in the quality of local health care. These efforts are led by the Common Table Health Alliance, one of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) communities, which has brought together providers, patients, employers and insurers to help improve regional health care....

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 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...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Memphis is led by Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA).  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! CTHA 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 CTHA'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 CTHA is up to the challenge. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized CTHA as a promising national model for a regional health collaborative. 

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