Thursday, June 05, 2008

RWJF announces $300 million commitment to improve quality of health care in U.S.

From the RWJF news release:

With increasing reports of dangerous deficiencies in the quality of health care, the nation’s largest health care foundation today announced a $300-million commitment to improve quality in regions across the United States.

Underscoring the scope of the problem, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) also released new research showing that the quality of care people receive can vary dramatically depending on their race and where they live.

The $300-million commitment to improve health care in 14 communities, that together cover 11 percent of the U.S. population, is the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropy. Known as Aligning Forces for Quality, the community-focused program will lift the overall quality of health care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform.

“Across America, there are serious gaps between the health care that people should receive and the care they actually receive,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Click here to access the news release.

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