Overview of Preparing Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships


In 2012, there was a dearth of information on how best to build partnerships between community-based organizations and health care systems. This brief, authored by Victor Tabbush, was developed to help readers better understand specific opportunities for these partnerships in California.

Date Updated: 08/21/2012

Successful business strategies are formulated by articulating the strengths of the organization with the opportunities presented to it by the external environment in which it operates. When changes occur in the business environment – such as those in the technological, economic, and policy arenas – new opportunities are created. Organizations that align their existing core competencies, develop others that are needed, and are willing to modify their strategies accordingly can not only sustain themselves, but can thrive in the midst of these shifts. Health care reform generally, and more specifically the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), will continue to dramatically impact organizations in the health sector far into the future. Community-based organizations (CBOs) that can provide support services such as care transitions, chronic disease management, medication management, nutrition, transportation, home and family assessments, health benefits counseling, and caregiver support to the health care sector are well-positioned to exploit the opportunities created by health care reform by providing these services in partnerships with the health care sector…