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Table 1 Sustainability outcomes illustrated by project HEAL

From: Dimensions of sustainability for a health communication intervention in African American churches: a multi-methods study

Sustainability outcome Project HEAL data source Time of data collection Example indicators
a. Continued benefits for consumers/clients/participants Workshop attendance 12 and 24 months • # of participants attending 12- and 24-month workshops
Participant surveysa 12 and 24 months • # of participants sharing information from Project HEAL with others
CHA interviewsb 12- and 24-months • # of church members participating in additional workshops
b. Continued Project HEAL workshops CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • # of additional cancer workshops
Other health promotion activities CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • # of additional health activities
c. Maintaining community-level partnerships or coalitions Staff and community partner records Ongoing throughout project • Subsequent joint research/grant applications and funding
CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • # of collaborative health activities (e.g., health fair)
d. Maintaining new organizational practices, procedures, or policies CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • Health ministry development/planning
• Church health policy development/modification
b. Sustaining attention to the issue or problem CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • Subsequent health activities/policies
   • CHA continuing health educationc
f. Program diffusion and replication to other sites CHA interviews 12 and 24 months • # of Project HEAL churches contacted by other churches about healthd
Staff records Ongoing throughout project
  1. Scheirer MA, Dearing JW: An agenda for research on the sustainability of public health programs. American Journal of Public Health 2011, 101:2059-2067.
  2. aSee Additional files 1, 2, 3, and 4
  3. bSee Additional files 5 and 6
  4. cNote assessed at CHA 24-month interview
  5. dData obtained from both CHA interviews and staff records