West Michigan

An innovative model for caring for frequent emergency department (ED) users is yielding positive outcomes in West Michigan. Under a grant from the Alliance for Health, leader of the Aligning Forces initiative in West Michigan, the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine began its novel approach last year. The central goal of the Center for Integrative Medicine is to apply the bio-psycho-social model of care to an at-risk and non-mainstream patient population of west Michigan to improve health outside of the ED.


Bridging the Gap

More than 80 participants gathered in Dallas September 19-20 to discuss bridging the gap between health care and population health. Representatives from each Alliance and outside guests, community partners involved in population health projects, joined staff from the National Program Office and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to share experiences—both successes and frustrations—as they move toward addressing population health issues as they continue their work with Aligning Forces for Quality—and beyond.

The meeting...

What does an empowered patient look like?

They know how to come prepared for their doctor appointments, how to ask questions of their provider, and how to follow their provider’s orders. They know there is a difference between quality and quantity of health services. They know there is a wealth of available resources to help them learn more about an illness, treatment, or medication.

Alliance for Health, leader of the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative in West Michigan, is training consumers to be active partners in their health care through its Consumer Empowerment...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in West Michigan is led by The Alliance for Health (the Alliance), a 60-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership corporation operating as a regional health improvement collaborative. The Alliance represents those who receive care, give care and pay for care, including providers, citizens, employers, community organizations, government, organized labor, academic institutions and health plans. Its mission is encouraging optimal health for all through high quality health care services at the lowest cost.

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West Michigan
The Alliance for Health
1345 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 256
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Paul Brand
Executive Vice President