Resources and Tools

The Network Aim for Sustainability collection of resources provides a filtered list of relevant and pertinent education, tools and resources that aim rural health networks toward sustainability.

Since the fall of 2012, Rural Health Innovations (RHI), working through Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) contracts, has provided technical assistance to over 250 rural health networks. We have provided direct support to network leaders across the country, held knowledge-sharing summits and delivered capacity-building workshops, education and resources. Our knowledge and understanding of rural health network, coupled with a systems approach and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework, has led to the development of this portal of resources.

The portal is a compilation of eight topics identified through a study of network sustainability factors that defined the six key characteristics of a sustained network plus two additional Baldrige components that are focused on workforce and operational ideas.  

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Member Driven Decisions
  • Effective Communication
  • Culture to Change-Ready and Adaptable Workforce
  • Continuous Improvement
  • On-going Evaluation and Measurement
  • Sound Financial Infrastructure

With these Aim for Sustainability resources, network leaders can build key skills and gain critical knowledge and insights to help improve and sustain rural health networks.