Making a Plan for Sharing Successes
Disseminating a program's results is important for several reasons. First, it helps to validate and celebrate the work being done by program staff and participants. Second, it may help community and organizational stakeholders make decisions about the program's future and their own involvement in it. Third, it may interest other rural communities and organizations interested in improving access to care for people with disabilities.
Various dissemination methods and modes may be used to share the successes of community health programs. Programs disseminate project findings at the local, state and national levels in order to reach as many people as possible. More information about what and how to share about a program's success can be found in the Rural Health Information Hub's Rural Community Health Toolkit.
In addition to sharing success stories, when implementing a community-based program to improve access to care for rural residents with disabilities, it is important to share with the community what lessons were learned and what impact the effort had on the community. This may include sharing challenges that needed to be overcome. For example, a telehealth program may need to improve its broadband access and technology infrastructure in order to operate effectively. Programs should disseminate lessons learned at the local, state and national levels in order to reach as many people as possible.