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...

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the leading cause of cancer deaths among nonsmokers, according to the CDC. If everyone age 50 years and older had a regular screening test, at least 60 percent of the deaths from this cancer could be avoided. And early detection, the key to treating colorectal cancer, is inexpensive. Two communities in the Robert Wood Johnson’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative have made tackling this issue a priority.


How well do the doctors in your community perform when it comes to managing patients' chronic conditions and offering preventive screenings? The DOCTOR Project seeks to find out and let you know.

Launched earlier this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the DOCTOR Project is a new initiative that will involve 10 communities across the country developing consumer-friendly reports that measure how physicians in that community perform in delivering high-quality health care. The project will be led by MN Community Measurement, the leader of the Minnesota's Aligning...

MN Community Measurement leads the AF4Q initiative in Minnesota, guided by a broad stakeholder group forming the AF4Q Leadership Team. Organizations represented on the Leadership Team include: the American Cancer Society, Buyers Health Care Action Group, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Minnesota AARP, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Stratis Health, plus health plans, consumers, and physician and nursing leadership.


Visit the Alliance website here.

Visit the Public Reporting Page for this Alliance here.

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MN Community Measurement
3433 Broadway Street NE # 455
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Martha Burton Santibanez
MN Community Measurement
AF4Q Community Engagement Project Manager