A community coalition is a group of people and organizations with a common interest working together toward a common goal. Having different perspectives and viewpoints represented in a community coalition ensures that all voices are heard, and the needs of all residents are represented. Improving the health of a community cannot be done with a single individual or organization; it requires partnerships and collaboration.
Why start a coalition?
- To address community needs
- To empower members of the community
- To obtain or provide services
- To bring about more effective and efficient delivery of programs
- To eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts
- To pool resources
- To increase communication among groups and break down stereotypes
- To revitalize and improve momentum around existing efforts
- To plan and launch community-wide initiatives on a variety of issues
- To develop and use political clout to gain services or other benefits for the community
- To create long-term, permanent social change
How to start a community coalition
Develop a Mission
- What are the health issues of the community?
- How do you envision the community in the future?
Recruit Potential Members
- Who is impacted by the problem/need in the community?
- Who can help address the problem/need both directly and indirectly?
- Organize a leadership structure
Organize and Gather the Necessary Resources
- How often will your coalition meet?
- What is needed in terms of funding, resources, etc. to meet your goals?
Move Forward. Evaluate and Make Changes as Needed.
- Put your plans into action, adjusting when needed.
Promote and Share Your Work
- Share what you’re doing through media, social media, word of mouth, and events. More people will want to get involved!
Who should be included
Coalition membership will vary from community to community. For best outcomes, we encourage you to include members from underrepresented populations and recommend representation from the following sectors:
- City leadership
- Local health department
- Local hospital
- Local school district
- Business leaders
- Community members, community health workers, etc.
To find contacts for your local health department, click HERE.