As the U.S. population gets older and increasingly diverse, state leaders and stakeholders recognize the need to conduct high-level, cross-sector planning efforts to ensure that the needs of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers are met over the coming decades. A multisector plan for aging (MPA) is a state-led strategic planning resource that can help states transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for their rapidly aging population.

State Opportunity

In partnership with The SCAN Foundation, West Health, and the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is launching a second cohort of its multi-state learning collaborative to advance MPAs. Up to 10 states will be selected to participate in this 12‑month collaborative. The initiative will help states to build on work already underway in their states and localities to better serve older adults and people with disabilities.

This second cohort will build on learnings from the first cohort of states that worked toward building MPAs.

Benefits of the collaborative:

  • Access to peer states designing and implementing MPAs to share best practices and lessons.
  • Access to a network of subject matter experts, including individuals who have helped implement an MPA.
  • Technical assistance on how to build cross-sector buy in and facilitate a collaborative MPA development process.

Requirements of participation:

  • Identification of a core team for learning collaborative participation.
  • Development of a workplan to set goals and guide progress.
  • Active participation in learning collaborative activities.
  • Dedication to making progress toward developing and implementing an MPA.
  • Willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing lessons and discoveries with other states.

Learn More

To learn more, view the overview and application. For questions, please contact Amy Hoffmaster, CHCS senior program officer, at

Key Dates and Next Steps

April 6, 2023: CHCS released a request for applications and companion overview.

May 1, 2023: Applications were due by 5:00 pm ET (now closed).

June 1, 2023: Notification of selection.

June 2023May 2024: Monthly learning opportunities, including team calls with CHCS, cohort webinars, and technical assistance calls.

July 2023 (date TBD): Kick-off meeting for learning collaborative cohort.