May 15, 2013
Humboldt State University’s California Center for Rural Policy has been awarded a two-year, $1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bolster Humboldt County health care.
The grant finances a Center-led project, Aligning Forces Humboldt, in its final phase. Actions include quality improvement programs in doctors’ offices and hospitals and new payment methods to promote high-quality care.
“This grant allows us to continue to collaborate with community leaders, patients, doctors, nurses, employers and insurers so everyone in Humboldt County can receive the right care at the right time,” said Melissa Jones, Project Director of Aligning Forces Humboldt. “We are committed to finding new ways to improve our health care system so we can have a healthier community. This grant will accelerate our work while we strive for sustainable progress in meeting the goals of a reformed health care system: better value, greater transparency and improved care coordination.”
Partners of the California Center for Rural Policy in Aligning Forces Humboldt are the Humboldt Del Norte Independent Practice Association and St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County.
Aligning Forces Humboldt alliance is one of 16 organizations nationwide and it has been participating in the initiative since 2008.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was established in 1968 on the death of industrialist and philanthropist Robert Wood Johnson II of Johnson & Johnson. The foundation launched its Aligning Forces for Quality program in 2006.
Details are available at aligningforceshumboldt.org. Project director Melissa Jones can be reached at 707/445-2806 ×5 and firstname.lastname@example.org.