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Why Plans are Needed

At the community level, sustainability most often refers to continuing a community health worker (CHW) program's services and operations over the long term. A sustainability plan is used to document a CHW program's actions and strategies for sustainability. It can include information such as:

  • Fiscal sustainability models
  • Resources from community partners
  • Changes in program size or scope to reflect available resources
  • Approximate timeline for sustainability activities

A sustainability plan is important for addressing strategies to overcome challenges to continuing services and operations. The most common challenge for CHW programs is achieving financial sustainability.

For additional information, see Why Sustainability Plans Are Needed in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Resources to Learn More

Paving a Path to Advance Community Health Worker Workforce in New York State
Research-based recommendations on CHW roles, training/certification, and financing.
Organization(s): The New York State Community Health Worker Initiative
Date: 10/2011