Local Leadership and Commitment
Community buy-in is essential for successful services integration programs. Local decision makers and community
leaders set priorities, provide overarching direction, and help unite stakeholders. They also have the capacity
to reach a wide range of constituents and partners. Therefore, services integration program leaders require
commitment from local leadership to accomplish their goals. Working with local leadership and community
representatives to implement a services integration program can also ensure that the program meets
the needs of community members.
In developing their services integration program, Butte Community
Diabetes Network first conducted a needs
assessment among local healthcare leaders and stakeholders. This assessment allowed them to identify needs of
the local medical community in Butte, MT, which informed the development of their program. By targeting the
program to fit these needs, the network gained trust and buy-in from key stakeholders which has led to their
commitment and participation in the network.