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Success Factors

The following factors were identified by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grantees (see Module 3) as contributing to the successful implementation and/or operation of their diabetes or prediabetes programs:

  • Physician buy-in is critical for programs that require changes to the clinical system or the introduction of new self-management practices. Care coordinators are helpful to adapt program components.
  • Mobility: It is important to transport participants to events.
  • Flexibility: Adapting to local circumstances and cultures allows the program to have greater reach and impact. This includes adapting program materials to participant literacy levels and also being flexible when establishing program goals and expectations.
  • Common social centers: Hosting the program in a common, well-known location will not only help ease transportation issues but can also link program participants with other social programs offered in the community.

Resources to Learn More

Elements of Successful Rural Diabetes Management Programs
This document identifies key challenges and innovations that are encountered when implementing a rural diabetes management program.
Author(s): Fraser, R., Skinner, A.M., & Mueller, K.J.
Organization(s): Rural Policy Research Institute
Date: 2006