Becoming a Sponsoring Organization in Wisconsin

A Living Well sponsoring organization is one that supports and works with Living Well Leaders and other partner organizations to ensure that workshops can take place in Wisconsin. There are many reasons an organization should consider becoming a sponsoring organization for Living Well. Here are a few:

  • Serving as a sponsoring organization demonstrates to the community your organization’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults.
  • Living Well can reduce health care costs by providing tools help individuals better manage their chronic conditions.
  • Your involvement educates other professionals about chronic conditions

What does a Sponsoring Organization do?

A sponsoring organization ensures that resources are committed to assure program success. A sponsoring organization does not have to be the Leader’s employer; however, the sponsoring organization must commit to working with the Leader to identify and assign responsibility and then follow through in organizing and conducting marketing, coordinating the workshop, preparing the materials, and other responsibilities. Leader Training will further explain how Living Well sponsors and Leaders can establish and nurture this important relationship. Experience shows that Living Well programs are most successful and sustainable when Leaders and their sponsoring organizations share the implementation responsibilties.

Prior to the Leader Training, the Leader and sponsoring organization should determine task division, including whether any partner organizations will assist with any of the tasks. They will need to communicate closely before and during the workshop to ensure that older adults enrolled are appropriate, guest experts understand what is expected of them and are prepared for their roles, and appropriate materials are available for the display table and the workshop sessions.


Is a Living Well Workshop Appropriate For Your Organization?

Many types of organizations can become sponsoring organization. Senior centers, Aging & Disabiltiy Resource Centers (ADRCs), fitness centers, senior apartment complexes, community hospitals or clinics, faith-based organizations, or other health, social service or related groups can become sponsoring organizations. In deciding whether Living Well is appropriate for your organization, consider the following factors:

  • Does your organization have clients, patients or program participants who meet the criteria for the workshop and are interested chronic disease self-management?
  • Do you have professionals on staff who would be appropriate to be trained as workshop Leaders?
  • Is your organization’s management interested in the program and willing to give staff time to participate in becoming trained as Leaders and conducting the  workshop several times each year?
  • If your organization doesn’t have individuals who would be appropriate to be trained as Leaders, is there an organization in your community you can partner with who could provide individuals to serve as Leaders?
  • Can your organization commit staff time and expertise to conducting the various tasks necessary to implement and sustain the program? For those your organization cannot provide, do you have partner organizations that can do so?
  • Is your organization committed to chronic disease self-management and programs that are evidence-based to empower older adults to make changes in their health behaviors?

For more information about becoming a Living Well sponsoring organization, contact WIHA.