Module 6: Sustainability Considerations for Programs to Improve Access to Care
Sustainability is continued services, relationships, and values of the project over an extended period of time. In order for a program to be successful, it should make plans for sustainability beyond its initial funding period. To do so, sustainability should be addressed early in the planning and implementation stages. For programs improving access to care for individuals with disabilities, sustainability may also come in the form of lasting accessibility of a facility's physical environment or of permanent changes to infrastructure, such as transportation and technology.
For an overview of the types of sustainability strategies that all types of programs might consider, see Sustainability Strategies in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
This module discusses the key issues in planning for sustainability of programs to improve access to care for people with disabilities in rural communities.