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Sharing Successes

When implementing a community-based program, it is important to share with the community what lessons were learned and what impact the effort had on the community. Sharing program outcome information will empower community stakeholders to make decisions about the program's sustainability and whether they will participate in future programs. Program results may also interest others who seek to address similar issues in their own rural communities.

Various dissemination methods and vehicles may be used to share the successes of diabetes programs. Programs disseminate project findings and lessons learned at the local, state and national level in order to reach as many people as possible.

When sharing successes, it is important to highlight the following:

  • Effectiveness of the program
  • Acceptability in the community
  • Sustainability
  • Program mission

To share results, programs should:

  • Identify their target audience
  • Establish strategic partnerships
  • Develop messages that highlight key aspects of their program
  • Select communication and dissemination media

Also, for more information about sharing successes, please visit RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations.