Sustainability: 10 Steps to Maintaining Your Community Health Improvements – archived classroom training

Originally presented on April 28, 2009

Presentation Slides in PDF



Funded by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health

Based on the highly rated Sustainability Toolkit: 10 Steps to Maintaining Your Community Health Improvements, this interactive, hands-on workshop gives participants an opportunity to better understand issues related to sustainability and exposes them to tools and a process to use to make sustainability decisions. This workshop is ideal for members of collaboratives, local health departments, nonprofit organizations or any other groups interested in sustaining the impact of their work. Participants will leave the workshop with a list of next steps for sustainability planning.



Participants in this web-conference will be able to:

1. Increase their understanding of key issues and a process to use to make sustainability decisions.
2. Gain a set of tools and strategies to use locally to decide which community improvement efforts to continue.
3. Understand the role of quality improvement planning and quality improvement tools and methods within a sustainability planning framework.
4. Begin to develop their sustainability plans.
5. Understand the next steps for sustainability planning and implementation.


Target Audience

Local health department administrators, IPLAN coordinators, health educators, preventionists and health promoters are encouraged to attend to learn how to apply a sustainability framework to maintain community health improvements. Class size is limited to 50 participants. Priority registration will be given to local public health department staff.



Brian Talcott is an Organizational Development Specialist at the Center for Civic Partnerships, serving in this capacity for 5 years. Brian has a rich history of community work, with over 20 years experience working within the nonprofit sector. Specifically, his areas of expertise include program development, planning, leadership development and sustainability. Early in his career, Brian helped start the Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights (MAN), a nationally recognized community development corporation. He served as the founding Director, Programs Administrator and the Director of Economic Development. He developed and oversaw a number of social support programs, including one of the first home-visiting programs in Sacramento. He also acted as the Technical Assistance and Training Manager for E-Center’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Montana State University and a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento.

The Center for Civic Partnerships,based in Sacramento, CA, is a support organization that strengthens individuals, organizations, and communities by facilitating learning, leadership development, and networking. The Center has extensive experience providing technical support, training and consultation to over 200 cities, communities, and organizations in California and across the nation. In addition, the Center sponsors educational programs and develops resource materials for funders, local policy-makers, government administrators, nonprofit organizations and community members. The Center’s main areas of focus are community-building and organizational development with a cross-cutting emphasis on sustainability.