Raising the Bar

Health Care's Transforming Role

How can the health care sector help achieve optimal well-being for the people and communities it serves?

Raising the Bar: Health Care’s Transforming Role will develop principles and provide practical guidance for the health care sector to achieve optimal well-being for those who face the greatest barriers to health.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the project is led by the National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health and the National Partnership for Women & Families.


Raising the Bar will explore questions like ...

What is the value case for health care to achieve a new bar?
What actions will help health care achieve health equity?
What does health care need to clear a raised bar?
Our Approach
Raising the Bar Components
  • Convene experts
    through advisory panels and other discussions to provide guidance.
  • Scan the environment
    to inform evidence-based principles for health care’s current roles in addressing the social, emotional, and social health factors of people and communities.
  • Develop clear principles
    to define health care’s responsibilities in achieving a Culture of Health and empowering people to live their healthiest lives.
  • Share ideas
    widely to secure reactions, endorsements and support for the principles.
  • Convene the maternal health community
    to apply the principles to maternal health.
  • Create guidance
    for maternal health to demonstrate how the principles can be used, and as a roadmap for others.