Success Stories

Get inspired by community-based organizations (CBOs) who have innovated their way to success in health care collaborations! Learn best practices, uncover new approaches to problems, and get energized by all the exciting partnerships happening across the country.


The SCAN Foundation Linkage Lab: The Camarillo Health Care District

Part of a six part series of Linkage Lab case studies developed by The SCAN Foundation, this Success Story highlights how the Camarillo Health Care District (the District) was able to successfully participate within a community-based organization (CBO) network to contract additional services to health care entities, including a national managed care organization. The District …

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The SCAN Foundation Linkage Lab: Institute on Aging

Part of a six part series of Linkage Lab case studies developed by The SCAN Foundation, this Success Story highlights how The Institute of Aging (IOA) was able to develop a framework for successful partnerships with health plans. The Institute on Aging (IOA), based in San Francisco, California, serves seniors, adults with disabilities, and their …

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The SCAN Foundation Linkage Lab: Bay Area Community Services

Part of a six part series of Linkage Lab case studies developed by The SCAN Foundation, this Success Story showcases the Bay Area Community Services’ (BACS) goal to achieve a meaningful partnership with the health care sector. Bay Area Community Services (BACS) in Oakland, CA serves both older adults and adults experiencing mental illness, substance …

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Build on Your “Wins”: The Eastern Virginia Care Transitions Partnership & VAAACares. Bringing Value to Health Care in Virginia

Image of an older white woman in a wheelchair being assisted in her home by 2 middle-aged white women health care workers.

Recent federal and state initiatives have sought to reduce unnecessary readmissions to hospitals and focus on the frequent transitions of care between care settings that patients experience – especially older patients and those with multiple chronic conditions.  There is growing recognition that most root causes of readmission are due to social needs, not clinical needs. …

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ADRC Agility: FREED Center for Independent Living and the Sacramento, CA Area Agency on Aging

image of the side-by-side logos of the FREED Center for Independent Living and the Area Aging on Aging in Sacramento, California. The FREED logo is a graphic of a blue bird flying over green evergreen trees.

The healthcare system in the United States is in a state of transition, as innovations and policy shifts disrupt longstanding practices and move health care providers toward shared accountability for health outcomes and value. New payment structures are spreading financial risk more widely, for example, by introducing new forms of capitation and incentive payments for …

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A Promising Collaboration: Care1st Health Plan and Access to Independence (A2i), San Diego, California

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In the wake of the shift to accountable and value-based care, and in light of the growing number of older adults and individuals with disabilities, many states are looking to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to provide these populations with coordinated health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Opportunities now exist in this new environment …

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Bridging Disability and Aging to Maximize Capacity: The Oklahoma Aging and Disability Alliance, LLC

Synergies and collaborations between disability and aging services providers are a natural fit in an integrated health care landscape. Both fields are committed to providing support that keeps older people and those with disabilities safe and comfortable in their homes and communities for as long as possible, and both are facing an increasingly constrained funding …

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St. Barnabas Senior Services: Finding Value in Social Service

logo of St. Barnabas Senior Services. Logo features a drawing of a tree and the tagline, "Live Well. Feel Well. Age Well."

  “[Though] they’re not already part of the health care process, social service agencies must realize they bring value to the table and have that confidence coming into the conversation…You’re already in the community, you’re trusted by the community, you know the community better than health care plans and private contractors…that trust is of tremendous value.” …

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The Southern Maine Agency on Aging: a Patient Approach Nets Multiple Contracts

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The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA), led by its Chief Executive Officer, Larry Gross, has read the writing on the wall, recognizing that traditional government and foundational funding sources for community-based organizations (CBOs) are stagnating at a time of increased client demand, constraining service delivery and organizational sustainability. To respond to this changing environment, …

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The Marin Center for Independent Living: Serving Beyond the Safety Net

The nonprofit Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL) in San Rafael, Calif., has for nearly 38 years provided advocacy services to people with all types of disabilities, including older adults, to allow them to remain at home. Their mission is “To assist persons with all types of disabilities to achieve their maximum level of sustainable independence …

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