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Is your organization ready to offer a new healthy aging program for older adults? 

The Center for Healthy Aging offers many resources to help you decide if you’re ready--and plan for a successful implementation. Start with these four strategies: 

Selecting a Program

Picking a program that works for your community takes some thought and time. Our resource, Title III-D Highest Tier Evidence-Based Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Programs, provides summaries of the factors you will want to consider when deciding which evidence-based program(s) you want implement. These factors include your goals, target audience, and budget. Each of the programs listed in the document meet the evidence-based program criteria set by the Administration on Aging.

Determining Readiness

The Innovation Readiness Assessment helps you determine if you’re ready to offer an evidence-based program on falls management, depression, or chronic disease.   Readiness measures your organization’s capacity and willingness to implement the program successfully in your community.

Simply go online, complete an assessment, and receive a real-time electronic report of your organization’s “readiness” to offer the health program.  The tool outlines specific requirements for success and suggestions on how to improve.

Using RE-AIM to Plan

RE-AIM is an evolving framework designed to inform program decision-making by focusing on Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance. These five elements are critically important for service providers and decision-makers to consider when selecting an evidence-based health promotion program, or when making choices among alternative programs.

The RE-AIM framework is useful for planning new interventions, adapting existing interventions, and designing evaluations that assess the potential public health impact of interventions. 

Working with Partners

Partnerships are crucial at every stage of evidence-based programming.  Part of the planning process is identifying potential partners and forming the right partnerships to ensure the success and sustainability of your programming.

The Center for Healthy Aging offers a variety of resources to help you work with partners.

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