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Dissemination Audiences for Community Paramedicine Programs

A variety of audiences may benefit from learning about the successes and challenges experienced by rural community paramedicine programs.

Sharing information with local stakeholders can promote patient referrals to the program. It is also important to inform the broader public health and policy sectors about the program's efforts. Sharing project outcomes with health departments, policymakers, and healthcare systems may lead to organizational and community buy-in, which is key for project success and sustainability. Finding a program champion who can speak to your successes — such as a community paramedic, primary care provider, or former patient — can be a compelling way to share information.

Key audiences for disseminating information about community paramedicine programs include:

  • Healthcare systems and staff
  • Public health
  • Primary care providers
  • First responders:
    • Emergency medical service agencies
    • Police, sheriff, and public safety offices
    • Fire departments
  • Insurers
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice
  • Social services providers
    • Social work agencies
    • Local councils on aging
    • Local faith-based communities
  • Senior centers
  • Community and faith-based organizations
  • Prospective patients and their families
  • Community members and the general public
  • Local, state, and federal policymakers
  • Foundations
  • State Offices of Rural Health

For a general list of key audiences for dissemination, see Methods of Dissemination in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.