With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aligning Systems for Health has awarded $273K to the Arnold School’s Center for Community Health Alignment – one of seven recipients out of more than 150 applications for funding. In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Arnold School’s Core for Applied Research and Evaluation, the Center will learn from community engagement efforts in South Carolina to support better alignment of the health care, public health, and social services sectors with communities, to advance health equity.
“Successfully addressing the complex challenges that affect community health — such as COVID-19, maternal and infant mortality, food and housing insecurity, and the opioid epidemic — requires health care, public health, and social services to work together,” says Karen Minyard CEO of the Georgia Health Policy Center and principal investigator of Aligning Systems for Health. “But cross-sector alignment is more than collaborative planning or a single joint project. It requires fundamentally new ways of thinking and working together across sectors to build healthier and more equitable communities.”