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Sharing Successes

Various dissemination methods and vehicles may be used to share the successes of oral health programs. Rural oral health programs disseminate project findings and lessons learned at the local, state, and national level in order to reach as many people as possible. For an overview of common strategies, see Methods of Dissemination in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

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

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

To share results, rural oral health programs should:

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

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

Resources to Learn More

Communities Succeed at Creating Healthier Environments
Website
Compilation of success stories of communities that showcase program activities.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How to Develop a Success Story
Document
This document describes the steps needed to create and communicate success stories.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date: 12/2008

Template for Strategic Communications Plan
Document
This guide provides a template for creating an effective communications plan.
Organization(s): W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Date: 1/2006