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Rural Health Information Hub

Importance of Sustainability Planning

Adequate and reliable funding is critical for preventing and treating HIV/AIDS in rural communities. Many rural HIV/AIDS programs receive federal funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Rural programs describe the Ryan White program as essential to the long-term sustainability of the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in their communities.

Important sustainability considerations include:

  • Identifying funding opportunities from federal, state, and private organizations
  • Collaborating with local organizations, such as community-based organizations that know the population served, to provide screening services and help to connect people to social and support services
  • Collaborating with local providers who may offer volunteer or reduced rates
  • Providing transportation services to increase access to or retention in care
  • Integrating key services into existing community organizations

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

AIDS United Sector Transformation
Outlines the services offered by the AIDS United organization supporting AIDS services organizations and community-based organizations. Includes a series of briefs specifically focused on mergers of AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs).
Organization(s): AIDS United

National Center for Innovation in HIV Care
Provides webinars, fact sheets, and briefings related to building organizational sustainability for HIV/AIDS programs. Includes specialized technical assistance for Ryan White grantees.
Organization(s): TargetHIV, HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program