Grants and Contracts

Aligning Forces for Quality

MN Community Measurement has been a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) effort since it began.

AF4Q was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. AF4Q asked the people who get care, give care and pay for care to work together toward common, fundamental objectives to lead to better care. The Foundation made an unprecedented commitment to improve health care in 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities that together cover 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.

Each of the Aligning Forces communities built its initiative around a core, multi-stakeholder leadership alliance working to advance the goals and activities of AF4Q at the local level. These alliances included participation from physicians, nurses, patients, consumers and consumer groups, purchasers, hospitals, health plans, safety-net providers and others.

Consumer Reports

MN Community Measurement is one of three AF4Q alliances to team with Consumer Reports. In September 2012 Consumer Reports published a 32-page insert in the Minnesota region with ratings of 552 Minnesota clinics. Clinics were rated based on how well providers helped patients achieve optimal diabetes and vascular care.

Additional details and the insert are available on our MNHealthScores.org website.