Building and Sustaining Partnerships

Partnerships lead to more informed and involved stakeholders and ultimately increase program impact, outcomes, and support. The national Flex Program has been able to evolve because of the web of partnerships established and maintained within communities, networks, states, regions, and nationally. As the health care system changes it is imperative that state Flex Programs have the skills, capacity, and commitment to build and sustain partnerships, new and old, in order to support critical access hospitals (CAH) and the national Flex Program. State Flex Program proficiency in the following contribute to excellence in building and sustaining partnerships:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing partnerships
  • Networking
  • Facilitating conversations and relationships
  • Acting as a leader and building trust
  • Knowing and leveraging available resources

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.