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Coalition Building and Partnerships

Coalition Building Basics
This webinar provides an overview of steps necessary to create a successful coalition; shares best practices for working collectively; and provides three community examples that have incorporated best practices and met with successful results.


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Coalition Development: Recruitment, Engagement and Retention

This webinar will provide recruitment and retention strategies to promote help managing coalition expectations. Learn the keys to coalition development and sustaining momentum through activities, processes, and structures that build and sustain effective coalitions.

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Community Partnerships Part 1: Innovative Partnerships to Improve Health

In Part I of this two-part series, a panel of experts will provide participants with tools for engaging diverse stakeholders to maximize impact on health outcomes and chronic disease risk factors. By the end of this webinar, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Identify at least one strategy to develop partnerships with businesses, professional associations, hospitals, and other key sector stakeholders.
  • Identify at least one approach to leverage existing relationships or spur new partnerships to address health disparities.
  • Describe how these partnerships can help sustain long-term chronic disease prevention efforts.

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Community Partnership Part II: Revitalizing Your Coalition for Community Improvements

In Part II of this two-part series, presenters shared strategies for managing established community coalitions and how coalitions can address health equity. Presenters shared ideas on how to overcome language barriers across sectors, how to sustain buy-in, how to effectively share results with key stakeholders, and how to engage vulnerable populations. Presenters discussed strategies to increase participation and effectiveness of your coalition, including assessing alignment of purpose and membership. Presenters also shared effective management steps that support sustainable coalitions. View slides.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how coalitions can engage vulnerable populations, including native populations, to help address health disparities.
  • List at least three strategies to increase participation among coalition members.
  • Identify two tools that coalitions can use to help assess alignment of purpose and membership.

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Developing Effective Coalitions: An 8 Step Guide
This paper attempts to give structure to a process that is somewhat variable. Therefore, this paper is to be used as a general guide. Each group will find ways of interpreting the eight steps to best suit its own needs. The particular details of the solutions arrived at by each coalition will be unique.

The Tension of Turf: Making it Work for the Coalition
This paper builds upon the article Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide 2 and responds to a concern repeatedly encountered in training on this approach, a concern generally described as among the hardest issues faced in collaborating: turf struggle. Turf struggles are a common threat to coalition vitality. In fact, for some people, turf is seen as the largest barrier to coalition success. Coalition leaders are often fearful of dealing with turf issues and some coalition members sit frustrated, on the sidelines, as others compete or argue.This paper offers a different, and ultimately more realistic perspective on dealing with issues of turf. Concerns about turf are natural and common within coalitions and should be acknowledged rather than ignored. Solutions to turf issues should aim to blend the pursuit of individual interests with the greater goals of the coalition.

Collaboration Multiplier
Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive framework and tool for analyzing collaborative efforts across fields. It is designed to guide an organization to a better understanding of which partners it needs and how to engage them, or to facilitate organizations that already work together in identifying activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources. Using Collaboration Multiplier can help lay the foundation for shared understanding and common ground across all partners.

Collaboration Assessment Tool
This tool helps individuals and coalitions identify specific strengths and areas of growth and enables partnerships to subsequently establish a baseline and gauge their progress via periodic checks on domains of effective collaboration.

Coalitions Work is a consulting group dedicated to serving public and private clients throughout the world. Coalitions Work offers your organization, partnership or coalition the benefit of 20 years of coalition skill building and change strategies. Visit their website for an extensive list of coalition building resources.

Partner Implementation Models
This resource showcases how organizations from around the country are utilizing the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) to guide their work to improve individual and community health and wellbeing.