Aligning Systems for Health, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on learning about effective ways to align health care, public health, and social services to better address the goals and needs of the people and communities they serve in fundamentally new ways that are built to last.
Based on their learning from years of their own grant making and the research of others, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation worked with the Georgia Health Policy Center to develop Framework for Aligning Sectors to help users envision how aligning across sectors can extend beyond one-time, grant-funded efforts. The framework emphasizes coordination that is built to last, values the unique contributions of each sector, and the importance of sharing power and voice with community members.
The Framework for Aligning Sectors highlights the importance of the following elements in aligning systems.
- Sectors: health care, public health, and social services
- Core components: shared purposed, data, governance, and financing
- Adaptive factors: community voice, equity, power, and trust
- Outcomes: Short-term (e.g., mindset, practice, and policy) and long-term (e.g., meeting the goals and needs of communities and the people living in them, health equity, and racial equity
This framework also serves as a resource for those interested in measuring and evaluating the sustainability and effectiveness of aligning systems.
Access the Framework for Aligning Sectors (with a glossary of terms) here.