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Sustainability & Community Mobilization

Organizations should strive to sustain their program in an effort to continue helping adolescents into the future. OAH defines sustainability as organizations’ abilities to leverage partnerships and resources effectively to continue programs, services, and/or strategic activities that result in improvements in the health and well-being of adolescents. Planning carefully, mobilizing the community, building collaborations, and engaging partners are all essential to ensuring the sustainability of a program.

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Key Considerations

  • Sustaining a program takes time, commitment, and careful planning. OAH has identified factors to assist in planning for program sustainability, including:
    • Strategize: Create an Action Strategy
    • Assess: Assess the Environment
    • Lead: Identify, Engage, and Develop Leaders
    • Evolve: Remain Flexible and Evolve
    • Communicate: Communicate with Stakeholders
    • Integrate: Integrate Program Services into Community Infrastructure
    • Partner: Build Strategic Partnerships and Mobilize the Community
    • Diversify: Secure Diverse Financial Opportunities

Sustainability planning tree
Tree diagram depicting the bulleted components of planning for program stability

Sustainability Planning

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Community Mobilization

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Partnerships and Collaboration

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 14, 2020