Aligned Systems

Effective systems support aligned policies, resources, and practices across diverse sectors and groups. This alignment results in improved care coordination, cohesion across different healthcare approaches or best-practices, and seamless communication and exchanges across relevant stakeholders and sectors (Foster-Fishman & Watson, 2012; Meadows, 2008).

Aligned systems involves putting the following elements in place over time (Foster-Fishman et al., 2018):

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Why is this important? Even the most comprehensive, accessible, and relevant program array is insufficient for addressing the health needs of local residents if the surrounding system is not aligned to support these outcomes (Fixen, Blase, Metz, Van Dyke, 2013; Meadows, 2008). System transformation involves both a focus on programs and the alignment of systems that allow those programs to function well. (Fishman & Watson, 2012; Meadows, 2008).

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