Aging and Disability Business Institute Launches Survey to Take the Pulse of CBO-Health Care Partnerships

Aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs)* across the country are partnering with health care payers and providers at an ever-increasing pace, coming together to bridge the worlds of medical care and social supports to achieve the Triple Aim of better care, improved health and lower costs. The Aging and Disability Business Institute, along with its partners and funders, is helping to broker these new cross-sector collaborations in innovative and sustainable ways.

The mission of the Business Institute is to successfully build and strengthen partnerships between CBOs and the health care system so older adults and people with disabilities will have access to services and supports that will enable them to live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities as long as possible.  In order to achieve this mission, we need to know where we are today, so we can set goals for the future.

Having detailed information on the number, type, and nature of existing CBO-health care relationships will help us and other stakeholders better understand the current landscape and show progress towards increasing the number, quality and sustainability of contracts** between CBOs and the health care sector.

To gather these data, the Business Institute launched a brief request for information (RFI) survey that will help us better understand the current contracting practices and national trends among CBOs. Even if you do not currently have a contract with a health care entity, we hope you will complete this survey.  Your responses will inform the scope of the Business Institute’s training and technical assistance. Please coordinate efforts within your organization to ensure only one survey is completed per agency.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in this brief survey.  Following your participation, your agency will be able to enter a drawing for a registration (up to $700) to attend a conference of your choice.

If you have technical issues with accessing the survey or answering the questions, please contact Erin Kelly, Scripps Gerontology Center, at or 855-359-3033.

We request your response no later than August 16, 2017.


Thank you in advance for your participation, and for the incredible work you continue to do to serve older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.


*Community-based organizations are defined as local organizations offering community living services and supports to advance the health, well-being, independence, and community participation of older adults and people with disabilities.  Examples include Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, aging services organizations, behavioral health organizations, Centers for Independent Living, developmental disability organizations, faith-based organizations, Native American tribal organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian), nutrition program providers, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service, and other local service providers for persons with disabilities and/or older adults.
** Contract is defined as a legally binding or valid agreement between two or more entities in which one or more parties are receiving payment for services or programs.