What is a coalition?
“Voluntary, strategic alliance . . . to enhance [our ability] to achieve a common purpose by sharing risks, responsibilities, resources and rewards.” -Himmelman
A Coalition is a group of people working together to make positive changes in a community.
Coalitions encompass three roles:
- Community Mobilization
Services are provided with the aim of providing:
- New information to individuals or groups;
- Skills or tools to individuals or groups and
- Products to individuals or groups that affect the desired behavior.
Communities have a lot of things happening that can affect our desired outcomes. Coordination is aimed at:
- Ensuring effective use of limited resources;
- Providing a consistent message across multiple organizations and systems and
- Providing complimentary services to the broader population.
Community Mobilization, also known as coalition development/building is designed to:
- Provide enough feet on the ground to make a difference;
- Ensure community voice and perspective on community issues and
- Community problem analysis and action.
Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Components
- Cultural Competency
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