The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has developed resources which provide guidance to help organizations achieve sustainability.

One of the most important steps is to develop a definition of sustainability for your program. Sustainability can mean different things in different contexts. For OAH, "sustainability" and "sustainable impacts" are used interchangeably. Sustainability means programs can effectively leverage partnerships and resources to continue programs, services, and/or strategic activities that result in improvements in the health and well­being of adolescents.  Programs may use the OAH concept or their own mission or vision statement to develop their own concept of sustainability. 

OAH has determined 8 key factors (found in the Resource Guide) that relate to sustaining impacts:

  • Create an Action Plan
  • Assess the Environment
  • Be Adaptable
  • Secure Community Support
  • Integrate Programs and Services
  • Build a Team of Leaders
  • Create Strategic Partnerships
  • Secure Diverse Financial Opportunities

OAH developed a toolkit of resources for programs and grantees. A Guide to Sustainability Resources will provide a quick overview of OAH sustainability resources and how the resources can be used to help programs develop a sustainability plan and create sustainable impacts. Individual components of the sustainability toolkit which includes the Sustainability Framework, Assessment Tool, Resource Guide, and E-Learning Module can be accessed here:

Training Materials

Find additional training materials that may be relevant to sustainability in the Building Collaborations and Strategic Communications and Dissemination Training Areas.

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  • Toolkit
  • Presentation
  • Tip Sheet
  • Podcast
  • Guideline
  • Research
  • Fact Sheet
  • Video
  • Webinar
  • Web page
Last updated: January 04, 2017