Now that you are a little more than halfway into your practice immersion experience and may have exposure to public health through your own professional career, you know that there are many challenges facing public health professionals—one of which is initiative and program funding sustainability. Many public health programs depend on grant funding, whether governmental or private, and philanthropic support. This support is based on the organization’s ability to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and program cost-effectiveness. For this discussion, imagine you are an agency director of a program that treats victims of violence admitted to the local hospital. Make a proposal to a local philanthropic funding agency, describing the strategy for your program to decrease incidence of hospital admissions due to violence and ways in which their financial commitment to your program will result in a return on investment for the community. You can add substance to the scenario by providing additional details about the program’s goals and your plan to achieve them. Support your plan with evidence from course materials or other professional sources.


Public health programs play a critical role in addressing various health challenges in society. However, many of these programs face sustainability issues due to limited funding sources. This discussion will focus on the challenges faced by public health programs in terms of funding and propose a strategy for a program that treats victims of violence admitted to the local hospital. The goal of this strategy is to decrease the incidence of hospital admissions due to violence and demonstrate to a local philanthropic funding agency that their financial commitment will result in a return on investment for the community.

Challenges in Program Funding Sustainability

Public health programs often rely on grant funding from governmental bodies, private organizations, and philanthropic support to sustain their operations. However, securing and maintaining these funding sources can be challenging. One major challenge is the limited availability of grants and their competitive nature. Many organizations vie for a limited pool of grants, making it difficult for all deserving programs to receive funding.

Additionally, grant funding is often limited in scope and duration. Public health programs require sustained funding to achieve long-term goals and make a meaningful impact. The reliance on project-based grants can create uncertainty and hinder program sustainability.

Furthermore, public health programs need to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and program cost-effectiveness to attract and retain funders. In an era of limited resources, funders want assurance that their investments will yield positive outcomes and have a tangible impact on the community.

Proposal for Decreasing Hospital Admissions due to Violence

As an agency director of a program that treats victims of violence admitted to the local hospital, I propose a multi-faceted strategy to decrease the incidence of hospital admissions due to violence. This strategy aims to address the root causes of violence, provide comprehensive support to victims, and promote community awareness and engagement. By implementing this strategy, the program can not only reduce the burden on the healthcare system but also contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

1. Prevention and Education: The program will focus on primary prevention by implementing violence prevention initiatives in schools, community centers, and other relevant settings. These initiatives will include educational programs aimed at promoting conflict resolution, fostering positive relationships, and raising awareness about the consequences of violence. By targeting at-risk populations, the program can effectively intervene at an early stage and prevent violence before it escalates.

2. Victim Support and Rehabilitation: The program will provide comprehensive support services to victims of violence, including medical care, counseling, and legal advocacy. It will collaborate with healthcare providers, social workers, and law enforcement agencies to ensure that victims receive the necessary care and resources to recover and rebuild their lives. By addressing the immediate and long-term needs of victims, the program can mitigate the risk of recurring hospital admissions due to violence.

3. Collaboration and Partnership: The program will actively seek partnerships with local organizations, community leaders, and government agencies to maximize its impact. By leveraging existing resources and expertise, the program can expand its reach and effectiveness. Collaboration with law enforcement agencies, for example, can enhance efforts to combat gang-related violence, while partnerships with community centers can provide a platform for awareness campaigns and community engagement.

4. Data Collection and Evaluation: The program will establish a robust data collection and evaluation system to track the outcomes and impact of its interventions. This data will not only help in securing future funding but also enable continuous improvement and evidence-based decision-making. By demonstrating the program’s effectiveness, these data-driven evaluations will provide the philanthropic funding agency with tangible evidence of the return on investment for the community.


In conclusion, the initiative and program funding sustainability in public health pose significant challenges. However, by implementing a comprehensive strategy to decrease hospital admissions due to violence, a program can demonstrate its impact to a local philanthropic funding agency. This strategy should focus on prevention and education, victim support and rehabilitation, collaboration and partnership, and data collection and evaluation. By doing so, the program can decrease the burden on the healthcare system, contribute to community well-being, and secure sustained funding for its operations.