The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the selection of 15 hospitals to participate in two quality improvement programs as part of its ambitious Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative.
Aligning Forces for Quality: Language Quality Improvement Collaborative will identify and test strategies for hospitals to provide more effective language services for their patients who speak or understand little English. In the pilot program on which the collaborative is based—known as Speaking Together—participating hospitals saw a nearly 20 percent increase in the percentage of patients who received needed language services in a timely manner.
Aligning Forces for Quality: Equity Quality Improvement Collaborative will identify quality enhancements for the treatment of cardiac care patients, with an emphasis on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in care. It is based on RWJF’s Expecting Success program, through which participating hospitals reported an average 37 percent increase in patients who received all the recommended care for heart failure.
Aligning Forces for Quality is RWJF’s signature program to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities throughout the country, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care, and provide models for real reform. Over several years and through a series of intensive community-wide efforts, 15 communities are serving as “learning laboratories” for improving the quality of care being delivered in a given region.
- Read the news release.
- Learn more about Aligning Forces for Quality.
- See a toolkit for hospitals on increasing quality and equity in cardiac care.
- See a toolkit for hospitals on improving language services programs.
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