Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Thesis - Open Access
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Diaper need is a critical issue that often falls through the cracks of traditional assistance pathways. There are no state or federal programs that subsidize the cost of diapers. Some families must choose between food and diapers when finances fall short. This study employed a mixed methods approach and a cross-sectional design. Quantitative data was collected using the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT), a 40-item multiple-choice survey instrument that assesses eight domains of sustainability. Nineteen individuals from The Nappie Project board, agency partners, community advisors, and volunteers received an email invitation to participate in the PSAT survey. The survey was analyzed as two separate groups, Current/Former Board Members and Community Partners/Advisors. Of the participants who completed the survey, two individuals participated in semi-structured interviews to provide further insight into the results of the survey. The lowest score for both groups was Funding Stability. The highest score for the Board was Environmental Support. The highest score for Community Partners was Communications. The greatest range for both groups was Strategic Planning. Three domains were found to be significantly different: Overall Sustainability, Partnerships, and Communications. All health care providers, especially those who engage with children, should be educated regarding diaper need. While policy was not addressed in this study, there is a great opportunity to advocate for diaper need among policymakers. Finally, sustainability is an increasingly important concept to many grant writers and funding agencies. This work may be applied to a variety of public health organizations to strengthen funding proposals.
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© Kate Trumbo
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Trumbo, Katherine, "Sustainability Perceptions of The Nappie Project" (2019). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 942.