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
- 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!