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Community Partnerships and Coalitions

Michelle C. Kegler

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0050
Community Partnerships and Coalitions

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Community coalitions and partnerships are vehicles for engaging multiple sectors of a community to work together to achieve a common goal. Members can represent constituencies, factions, or organizations within the community. The terms community partnership and community coalition are often used interchangeably, although partnerships can involve as few as two partner organizations. Community coalitions, in contrast to partnerships, are often characterized by the diversity of their membership with representation from both professional and grassroots segments of the community. Coalitions and partnerships can be formed at community, regional, national, and international levels. Most of the literature has focused on community-level coalitions and partnerships. The use of coalitions and community partnerships in health promotion has grown rapidly since the 1980s. Successful coalitions bring diverse groups of people together, expand and leverage complementary resources, address a problem of community concern, and implement solutions that are more effective than a single group or organization could achieve on its own. This article identifies resources related to the formation, management, and evaluation of coalitions and community partnerships. Both wisdom literature and research findings are included.

Article.  5273 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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