Aligning Systems for Health

Project Overview

Aligning Systems for Health, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and under the direction of Karen Minyard and Glenn Landers at the Georgia Health Policy Center, focuses on identifying, testing, and sharing what works to align healthcare, public health, and social services to better address the goals and needs of the people and communities they serve. Aligning Systems for Health:

  • Synthesizes existing research learnings and disseminates findings
  • Supports original research and evaluation
  • Builds relationships with those already working in the field

Learn more about the Framework for Aligning Systems here.

The work is guided by the Technical Advisory Committee comprised of local and national leaders.

This video includes footage from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winners: Broward County, FL; Klamath County, OR; Eatonville, FL; Gonzales, CA; Greenville, SC; Lake County, CO; San Antonio, TX and Sitka, AK.

Through a related project, the Georgia Health Policy Center, in partnership with the School of Public Health at George Washington University and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating cross-sector policy and implementation opportunities that facilitate recovery from the triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts of the 2020 economic downturn, and the ongoing impact of structural racism. The work – Aligning in Crisis — builds on Aligning Systems for Health: Healthcare + Public Health + Social Services.

Latest Resources


Re-live Aligning Systems for Health’s virtual event series via the recordings:

Research Grants & Findings

GHPC awarded $2.4 million in research awards to these seven grantees:

In fall 2019, GHPC awarded six rapid-cycle research and evaluation grants:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital/Kent State University (findings)
  • Care Share Health Alliance and Healthier Highland
  • Communities Joined In Action (findings)
  • JSI (findings)
  • Public Health Solutions (findings)
  • Urban Institute (findings)

In spring 2020, GHPC awarded four rapid-cycle research and evaluation grants to examine cross-sector alignment efforts in response to COVID-19:

Throughout 2021, GHPC awarded rapid cycle grantees to analyze various multisector partnerships models aimed to advance health equity: 

In Summer 2021, GHPC rapid cycle grantees explored specific aspects of the Framework for Aligning Sectors:

To round out 2021, GHPC administered rapid cycle grants to explore how cross-sector collaboratives are formed, used to advance equity, and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic: