Making it Last: Sustaining Public Health Programs in Your Community
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Positive public health outcomes can only be achieved if effective programs are sustained over time. However, sustainability is an ongoing challenge for public health programs, and for practitioners and researchers alike. This challenge is compounded by the fact that many things affect sustainability, including financial and political climates, factors in the organizational setting, and elements of project design and implementation.
The National Cancer Institute’s May Research to Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar will explore public health sustainability — the challenges and facilitators, frameworks and tools for practitioners and researchers, and examples of sustainable programs from two communities. Dr. Mary Ann Scheirer will provide an overview of sustainability and a framework for public health programs and research. Then, Dr. Doug Luke will share a new sustainability assessment tool developed for practitioners. The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool provides public health programs and their partners with a reliable way to measure their capacity for sustainability. Finally, Drs. Susan Tortolero and Alice Ammerman will join as panel discussants to share examples of how the available tools and sustainability models can be applied to public health programs, including the successes and challenges their own Prevention Research Center programs have faced.