COALITION

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, partnerships are essential! 

All cities/towns must have a community coalition and at least 6 other strategies

(at least one from each of the 4 categories – Collaboration, Access to Healthy Food, Active Living, and Mental Health).

REQUIRED CRITERIA

  • MY COMMUNITY HAS A COALITION MADE UP OF DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS THAT ACTIVELY WORK TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY.

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?
    • Gather the Necessary Resources
    • What is needed in terms of funding, time, and connections/support from organizations?
    • Develop a Communication Strategy
    • How will your message reach community residents?
    • Evaluate and Make Changes as Needed
    • Evaluate, adjust, and move forward!
    • 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!