Align for Health

We think building stronger states and communities requires lasting, cross-sector alignment. is designed to be a resource for findings, tools, and opportunities to connect.

What Is Cross-Sector Alignment?

Complex social and economic factors have a powerful influence on the well-being of individuals and their communities. To achieve a Culture of Health—where everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being—RWJF is strengthening the ways in which health care, public health, and social services work together to be responsive to the physical, social, and emotional needs and goals of people and communities.

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and our grantees in these efforts.

RWJF's Approach

RWJF believes health care, public health, and social services can make and sustain progress when they have the capacity and urgency to work together to establish the following four components:

Mutual understanding of priority outcomes
Data-sharing and measurement systems
Sustainable financing with incentives and joint accountability
Strong governance infrastructure with leadership and defined roles

Alignment in Action

Featured Resource

A Theory of Change for Aligning Health Care, Public Health, and Social Services in the Time of COVID-19

This article highlights how the core components of cross-sector alignment along with the principles of community voice and health equity can be used to design interactions among health care, public health, and social services that better meet the goals and needs of the people and communities they serve in a way that is built to last.

Featured Event

Virtual Event Recordings: Cross-Sector Alignment: Built to Last

Featured Resource

Cross-Sector Alignment and the Response to COVID-19: How Alignment Can Aid the COVID-19 Response

Featured Example

Baltimore Ride Share Project to Support Healthy Food Priority Areas