Rural services integration programs require different resources, including funding, staff, legal assistance, and
leadership and partnerships.
Funding may be needed for space, supplies, staff salaries, and outreach and engagement and activities. More
information on funding programs can be found on the Rural Health Information Hub’s
Rural Funding & Opportunities page.
Staff are an important resource to rural services integration programs. Staff requirements, roles, and
responsibilities need to be clearly defined at the outset of a program. Staff may require specific trainings or
certifications to participate in a services integration program. Additional information about staff training can
be found in the Training section of this module.
Legal assistance may be needed to address confidentiality issues, reimbursement and billing issues, and
regulations. Some services integration programs, like the
Community HUB model, may
require legal assistance to negotiate contracts with participating providers. Other programs like the
one-stop shop model may
require legal assistance to determine how to bill for services delivered by different providers.
Leadership and Partnerships
Buy-in from key partners and having a “champion” for the program is important. Different partner organizations
may contribute different resources to the services integration program. More information can be found in the
Local Leadership and Commitment
section of this module.
For additional information on needed resources for program implementation, see Implementation Considerations
in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
Resources to Learn More
Funding for Integrated Service Delivery
Guides users through federal funding opportunities while focusing on components of services integration,
populations, and possible issues that may arise.
Organization(s): CLASP and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Ten Key Principles for
Successful Health Systems Integration
This article discusses ten universal principles of successfully integrated healthcare systems.
Author(s): Suter, E., Oelke, N., Adair, C., & Armitage, G.
Citation: Healthcare Quarterly (Toronto, Ont.), 13(Spec No), 16