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Dissemination Methods for COPD Programs

It is important for rural programs to share with other organizations and the broader community information about their COPD program, including experiences with implementation, outcomes, and lessons learned.

The best methods for sharing information about COPD programs depend on the intended audience. Common methods of dissemination that rural COPD programs use include:

  • National, state, and local COPD events. For example, events related to COPD Awareness Month.
  • Posters or oral presentations at conferences
  • Radio or television broadcasts
  • Newspaper or print ads
  • Articles in organizational newsletters or professional organization publications
  • Print materials (flyers, information sheets, brochures)
  • Direct (mailed) marketing
  • Webinars
  • Social media
  • Sponsored events like health fairs and farmers markets
  • Personal contact
  • Word of mouth
  • Online forums
  • Video or in-person demonstrations

Resources to Learn More

Dissemination of Rural Health Research: A Toolkit
Offers advice to researchers on developing and distributing products of health research findings including fact sheets, journal articles, policy briefs, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, and other promotional products. Modes of dissemination are also included.
Author(s): Schroeder, S. & Bauman, S.
Organization(s): Rural Health Research Gateway, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
Date: 2019

Talking Quality: Reporting to Consumers on Health Care Quality
Provides an extensive list of resources and guidance to assist healthcare organizations in producing and disseminating reports targeted to consumers about the quality of healthcare delivered by their programs.
Organization(s): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality