Network Sustainability Study: Final Report 2018

June 2018
Author: 
Rural Health Innovations (RHI),
National Cooperative of Health Networks (NCHN),
Evalytics, LLC

Health care organizations transitioning toward population health need to be part of a thriving network. A two-year study of rural health networks, from across the country, identified five key characteristics of networks that are aiming for sustainability. Another result of the study was the creation of an assessment tool that network leaders can use to find opportunities for improvement. The tool looks beyond network finances to include collaborative leadership, member-driven decisions, effective communication, and on-going evaluation and measurement. The assessment tool will assist network leaders to focus their key initiatives and action plans.

RHI encourages all network leaders to use the Network Sustainability Assessment to identify opportunities to aim their organizations toward sustainability.

Contact the Network TA Team, networkta@ruralcenter.org, for more information or support in using the assessment tool.