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.