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The following documents offer a starting point for understanding and practicing cross-sector alignment.
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Making Aligning Work Series

Aligning Systems for Health
2020
This series mines the experience of catalysts, researchers, and funders who have been involved with efforts to align the three sectors—health care, public health, and social services—through quarterly interviews (fall 2019 through spring 2021).
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Alignment 101
Making Aligning Work: National Experts Reflect on Systemic Racism and Cross-Sector Alignment
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Making Aligning Work: National Experts Reflect on Systemic Racism and Cross-Sector Alignment

Aligning Systems for Health
11.02.2020
This brief–part of the Aligning Systems for Health’s Making Aligning Work series–focuses on themes emerging from initial conversations around how cross-sector alignment might address systemic racism.
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Alignment 101
Existing Measures: Anticipating a Cross-Sector Alignment Measurement System
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Existing Measures: Anticipating a Cross-Sector Alignment Measurement System

Aligning Systems for Health
10.2020
This brief contains preliminary reflections on measuring cross-sector alignment gathered during a recent review of existing collaboration and cross-sector alignment metrics.
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Alignment 101
Multi-Sector Community Networks Are Losing Strength in Many Rural Areas, Reducing Capacity to Improve Population Health Evidence
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Multi-Sector Community Networks Are Losing Strength in Many Rural Areas, Reducing Capacity to Improve Population Health Evidence

Systems for Action
09.22.2020
This brief highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates networks of community organizations, working together, can have profound effects on the health trajectories and social determinants of health.
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Health Care
Public Health
Social Needs
Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-Sector Alignment and the Response to COVID-19

Aligning Systems for Health
08.07.2020
This brief highlights how successfully addressing the complex challenges that affect community health — such as COVID-19 and its economic impacts — requires health care, public health, and social services to work together in new ways.
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Alignment 101
COVID-19
Responding to COVID-19: An Activated Network with Health Collaboratives in Action
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Responding to COVID-19: An Activated Network with Health Collaboratives in Action

Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
07.31.2020
This brief outlines how regional health improvement collaboratives have the capabilities to build key partnerships and create answers quickly during a crisis, including taking swift action to support key stakeholders responding to the emergent community needs resulting from COVID-19.
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COVID-19
Health Care
Public Health
Cross-Sector Alignment And The Response To COVID-19: How Alignment Can Aid the COVID-19 Response
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Cross-Sector Alignment and the Response to COVID-19: How Alignment Can Aid the COVID-19 Response

Georgia Health Policy Center
07.06.2020
This brief examines emerging anecdotal evidence that shows communities with the core components of cross-sector alignment (shared purpose, data, financing, and governance) already in place may be able to quickly apply this way of thinking and working to rapidly arising threats, like COVID-19.
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Alignment 101
COVID-19
Social Needs
Making Aligning Work: An Early Look At Covid-19's Impact On Cross-sector Alignment
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Making Aligning Work: An Early Look at COVID-19’s Impact on Cross-Sector Alignment

Aligning Systems for Health
06.23.2020
This brief–part of the Aligning Systems for Health's Making Aligning Work series–focuses on very early observations about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts communities aligning health care, public health, and social services, with a focus on the components of the Cross-Sector Alignment Theory of Change — internal capacity; urgency; shared purpose, data, financing, and governance; community engagement; and a focus on equity.
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Alignment 101
COVID-19
Health Care
Public Health
Social Needs
Cross-Sector Alignment And The Response To COVID-19: What Can We Learn From Research On Cross-Sector Alignment?
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Cross-Sector Alignment and the Response to COVID-19: What Can We Learn from Research on Cross-Sector Alignment?

Georgia Health Policy Center
06.04.2020
This brief examines factors supporting cross-sector alignment; presents findings relevant to the response to the COVID crisis; and presents challenges and response opportunities related to several key elements of the Cross-Sector Alignment Theory of Change: sectors, shared purpose, governance, finance, data, community voice, equity, capacity, and urgency.
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Complex Care
COVID-19
Health Care
Mental Health
Public Health
Social Needs
Addressing Health-Related Social Needs Among Medicaid Beneficiaries: Mapping Cross-Sector Partnership Roles
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Addressing Health-Related Social Needs Among Medicaid Beneficiaries: Mapping Cross-Sector Partnership Roles

Center for Health Care Strategies
06.2020
This framework supports Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations, health care providers, and community partners in mapping cross-sector partnership roles for addressing health-related social needs based on the strengths of each stakeholder.
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Alignment 101
Medicaid
Social Needs