Participation Expectations

Selected organizations should exhibit strong leadership and commitment to working through a long-term project with the understanding that they will work collaboratively with the other community organizations to develop a community care plan and implement a local system of care that positions the organizations and community for population health.

Selected organization agrees to meet and complete the below program expectations to effectively benefit from the DRCHSD Program:

  • Selected organizations must be willing and able to participate in all phases of the DRCHSD Program including the Kick-off Webinar, as well as Learning Collaborative (LC) virtual meetings.
  • Selected organizations should reserve dates and prepare their teams for participation in DRCHSD Program activities.
  • The CEO will serve as the project lead and must be actively involved and fully engaged in all aspects of the project. The CEO may not designate any other person to fulfill the role of the project lead, but may delegate project tasks to key leaders.
  • Selected organizations shall work with The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) to select Community Champions (CCs). Champions are supported through the Program and will act as liaisons to help guide selected organizations and their communities through projects. CEOs should ensure that Community Champions are actively involved and engaged in the project, responsive to The Center staff, and ensure the role and responsibilities of the Community Champion to meet the purpose and goals of the Program.

CEOs should be ready, willing and able to:

  • Submit full data requests, and meet deadlines and project timelines.
  • Schedule and hold the mutually agreed upon dates for onsite consultations. Once secured, onsite dates may not be rescheduled.
  • Obligate and commit necessary time to support the project and to include adequate time for the executive and management teams as well as appropriate staff to actively participate in activities.
  • Build support for the project with the Board of Directors, front-line and medical staff, and community organizations.
  • Utilize recommended resources to prepare management team and front-line staff for onsite consultation.
  • Utilize available best practice resources and tools to support implementation of consultant recommendations.
  • Develop action plans with the consultants and The Center team to support the implementation process.
  • Delegate actionable steps to executive and management teams to implement best practice recommendations and action plan items.
  • Identify and implement transition strategies with consultants and The Center that support the health care organization in moving towards the adoption of new payment and care delivery models of the future.
  • Share successes and lessons learned with peer hospitals through the Learning Collaborative and Summits.
  • Prepare the health care organization for the new health care environment.

The health care organization should not have any pending projects or anticipated issues that would hinder the consultation process that include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • If the health care organization is affiliated with a system, then the system must support the project by providing all necessary data to complete and submit the data request, which may include audited financial reports, within the DRCHSD timeline.
  • If the organization is currently working on a large project such as a HIT deployment, then the executive team must ensure that management and staff time has been appropriately committed to fully support the DRCHSD Program activities.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10,000,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $0 amount and 0% funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.