Memphis, TN


Aligning Forces was recently featured in a Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) blog post about Alliances’ unique ability to take advantage of State Innovation Model (SIM) grants. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced Round Two of the SIM Initiative, and the participating awardees will engage a wide set of partners to support their ambitious goals for statewide multi-payer delivery system and payment reform....

The very suggestion that a patient may be treated differently based on skin color or origin is, frankly, as insulting as it is absurd. Yet we can’t deny our findings. Disparities do exist. Talking to providers about disparities and equity is not easy. In contrast, Paula Jacobs’ husband, who is white, was diagnosed with a critical illness 10 years ago, yet they have been blessed to welcome five grandchildren. In contrast, Jacobs’ friend, who was black, passed away one day after mowing the grass. He missed his children’s graduations and other important life milestones...

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....

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. 

Visit the Alliance website here.

Visit the Public Reporting Page for this Alliance here.

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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