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Stories from the Field: Lessons of Sharing from the Disability Network Business Acumen Learning Collaborative

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Maneuvering change, developing strategies and implementing solutions can quickly become overwhelming if your organization feels like it is alone in its quest for success. Fortunately most Community Based Organizations (CBOs)* have found that connecting and sharing with other CBOs provides critical information and insight as they seek ways to diversify their organization, develop new payment streams, customize services to a new clientele base, meet contractual obligations or otherwise advance their business.

HCBS Business Acumen Center LogoThe Disability Network Business Acumen Learning Collaborative works together to develop and implement business-related strategies to state-specific challenges to integrating long term services and supports and healthcare services. Each state team includes at least one state agency and CBO serving persons with disabilities (physical, intellectual and/or developmental). Most also include an integrated healthcare entity or other organization dedicated to the sustainability of CBOs serving people with disabilities. Working together, they serve as an example for how states, health plans and CBOs can enhance business relationships and develop sustainable business paths.

Join this webinar on February 28, 2018 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern as representatives from Missouri, New Hampshire, New York and Texas describe how they have shared experiences to help each other advance solutions to resolve common issues. 

Stories from the Field: Lessons of sharing from the Disability Network Business Acumen Learning Collaborative

February 28, 2018; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how state teams comprised of state staff, CBOs and health plans have collaborated together to address state-specific issues
  • Understand how they advanced solutions to their challenges following consultation with other state teams
  • Understand how your organizations experiences can be shared with and used by other CBOs

Learn more about the learning collaborative.

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This one hour webinar is available as part of the Business Acumen for Disabilities Grant provided by the Administration for Community Living to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities in collaboration with national partners. The HCBS Business Acumen Center is dedicated to providing resources to sustain disability organizations.

* CBO is a broad term to describe local organizations that offer community living services and supports to advance the health, well-being, independence, and community participation of people with disabilities and older adults. CBOs include Centers for Independent Living, developmental disability organizations, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service, behavioral health organizations, Protection and Advocacy Agencies, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, aging services organizations, faith-based organizations, Native American tribal organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian), nutrition program providers and other local service providers for persons with disabilities and/or older adults.

** Grant Partners include: American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Council on Aging (NCOA), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), University of Minnesota – Institute of Community Integration.