Importance of Sustainability
Diabetes prevention and management programs seek to identify at-risk individuals and modify the behavior of those with diabetes to improve their health and well-being. Ample evidence has demonstrated that early detection and tighter control of blood sugars helps to avoid or delay the onset of related medical complications. Sustainability of these programs depends on the value individuals and organizations see in the program and the support they are willing to commit to ongoing operations.
Sustainability can be achieved through the following: continuing to work on the program's goals and mission, increasing capacity in local systems, changing knowledge and attitudes, ongoing collaboration, improving services models, and implementing new policies that support program impact.
Integral to achieving sustainability is the development of a sustainability plan. Developing a sustainability plan can be facilitated by:
- Obtaining input and buy-in from community and stakeholder organizations
- Determining appropriate indicators for evaluation
- Sharing results of program success that resonates with funders
- Identifying long- and short-term sustainability strategies to achieve program goals
- Organizing and prioritizing financial, human, and in-kind resources
- Documenting and sharing information on program progress
- Empowering employees and program partners to support sustainability strategies
- Establishing mechanisms to identify and solve challenges