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Community Partners

Partnerships are an effective way to share the limited human and capital resources within rural communities. Establishing community priorities between partners can help facilitate greater outreach and create mutually beneficial relationships.

Partnerships can improve and strengthen rural diabetes programs by:

  • Providing access to limited physician expertise
  • Increasing available resources
  • Expanding community outreach abilities
  • Facilitating community stakeholder and physician buy-in, commitment, and involvement

Partnership can facilitate access to the target population, provide resources and legitimacy for local initiatives, and increase community awareness of program goals and progress. Rural diabetes projects may benefit from partnerships with:

  • Universities and university extension services
  • State, county, or local health departments
  • Large medical systems and diabetes specialists
  • Corporations or businesses
  • Schools
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Recreation facilities or community centers