Posted: September 14th, 2022
Program sustainability ensures that the hard work and efforts of health programmers are not wasted and that the program continues to serve the community. Do you think that sustainability can have a time limit? If so, does that mean that sustainability was not successful? Please explain your opinion.
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I do in fact think that sustainability can have a time limit but not necessarily due to the fault of health programmers. I think that with all things there are variables that play a role, things that cannot be controlled and for me one of those things can be a simple changing landscape. The needs of a community can change over time. This can be due from anything from a recession, a depression, gentrification, or economic growth and expansion, or a changing demographic. What a community needs in say 1999 may not be the same as the needs in 2020. So many things are can change over time including the health field such as technological advances in the field. For example, my close friend has Sickle Cell Anemia and Mobile, Alabama has a high population of people with that illness and at one point many died early but due to advances and new medications such as Adakveo, Hydroxyurea, and gene editing (Crispur) the community is living longer and thriving. So, in vice versa just as a community can improve it can decline but that does not mean the programs put in place were not good or sustainable. However, it is important to be able to change along with said community and not being able to do so can be problematic, but it does not mean that it was not successful. Also, we must remember that just like people and health programming adapts, so does diseases and illnesses. Many STD’s are adapting and growing. There are different strands of many illnesses and diseases that change through time and so it is important to keep that in mind. Honestly, I think all things have a time limit but if it helped even a little bit, even for a short time, or helped just one person than that was a success in my mind.
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