Virtual Series

Cross-Sector Alignment: Built to Last

Why Cross-Sector Alignment Matters – Real Life Stories

In many respects, the importance of aligning health care, public health, and social services to better address individuals’ needs and ultimately build healthier, more equitable communities is evident as communities work to forge meaningful responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Aligning Systems for Health, led by the Georgia Health Policy Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is exploring the importance of alignment and developing an evidence base about what works. While we cancelled our in-person conference scheduled for April due to COVID-19, we promised to push forward with virtual discussions with all of you.

Our inaugural conversation on April 21 featured the people working in communities to better meet the needs of the people and places they serve. The panel shared their own personal challenges navigating complex systems and how they are now helping others.

We also touched on what this means now and in the future as we respond to COVID-19.


  • Vondie Woodbury, Senior Strategic Consultant  — The Woodbury Group (Moderator)
  • Yolanda Bell, Case Manager — Our House (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Marquis Childers, Community Engagement Specialist — Access Health (Muskegon, Mich.)
  • Josie Williams, Executive Director — Greensboro Housing Coalition (Greensboro, N.C.)