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Importance of Sustainability Planning

All programs should include a sustainability plan, defined as a roadmap for achieving long-term goals, which documents strategies to continue the program, activities, and partnerships. Creating a sustainability plan for programs to improve access to care for people with disabilities requires the input of program participants as well as the staff, partners, and program leadership to work together.

Important considerations when planning for sustainability in programs to improve access to care for people with disabilities include:

  • Developing a shared understanding between the community and program staff
  • Maintaining a qualified workforce
  • Continuing engagement with community partners
  • Identifying funding and resources such as grants from foundations or other organizations
  • Defining goals and objectives for reimbursement or grant-funding opportunities
  • Monitoring updates in Medicaid/Medicare or insurance payment policy

The Rural Health Information Hub hosts a collection of resources from the Georgia Health Policy Center to help rural organizations plan for sustainability.

Resources to Learn More

Community Health Inclusion Sustainability Planning Guide: An Addendum to a Sustainability Planning Guide for Healthy Communities
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This guide builds on A Sustainability Planning Guide for Healthy Communities by providing additional resources to help public and community health professionals develop a sustainability plan for programs that address the unique needs of people with disabilities.
Organization(s): The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Sustaining the Work or Initiative
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This toolkit supports planning for using different tactics to sustain an organization or community initiative. Example 2 provides insight into sustaining a fitness center for people with disabilities, showing sustainability strategies that can be adapted to programs to improve access to care for people with disabilities.
Organization(s): Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas