Area 3: Sustaining the Program

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Describe your program's sustainability plans. Discuss how you fund your asthma program. Additionally, discuss how you evaluate cost savings and return on investment. Explain how you use these results to drive program improvement and sustainability. Project future funding for your program over the next three to five years. Examples of qualitative returns on investment include non-monetary returns such as reduced health disparities, stronger community relationships, or public relations or competitive advantages.

Area 3. Sustaining the Program (15 points)

Application Guidelines Evaluation Criteria
  • Describe current and long-term funding sources and revenue streams that sustain the comprehensive program’s activities, in particular environmental management and patient education.
  • Discuss your reimbursement policies for asthma care, in particular for environmental management and patient education.
  • Discuss your methods for tracking costs and cost savings.
  • Describe cost savings or return on investment attributable to your comprehensive asthma program.
  • Describe how environmental management contributes to these cost savings or returns on investment.
  • Discuss how you use results internally (e.g., to drive program improvement and support planning) and externally (e.g., to attract funders and supporters).
  • Long-term strategies for sustaining the comprehensive asthma program are in place.
    • Example: Distinguishing Program Feature: A concerted effort to create, market or negotiate revenue streams that ensure sustainability after outside funding lapses.
  • Mechanisms are in place to sustain (for the long-term) environmental management and patient education (e.g., reimbursement policies).
  • Analysis of costs or return on investment is a routine part of managing the asthma program.
  • The program has achieved cost savings or positive return on investment compared to a baseline measurement.
  • The program makes a concerted effort to attribute the contribution of environmental management to cost savings or return on investment.
  • Cost savings data are shared and used internally and externally.