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    Because you are an outspoken citizen who advocates a healthy lifestyle, you have been asked to help develop a Springdale Community Coalition that will be focused on a variety of health and safety issues in your community. You're eager to be involved, but not quite sure what to expect.

    Do some research to learn more about what coalitions are, including their benefits and challenges. Begin your search with the article from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, accessible through the ebrary in Trident's online library:

    What Explains Community Coalition Effectiveness? A Review of the Literature, by Zakocs RC and Edwards EM, (Am J Prev Med 2006;30(4):351-361)

    After reviewing this article and the materials listed in the Background information, address the following:

    What is a coalition? What were the six coalition-building factors identified in the literature review by Zakocs and Edwards (2006) that appeared to enhance coalition effectiveness?

    Considering that the goal is to create a healthier community, what types of organizations and individuals do you expect to join the Springdale Community Coalition?

    What are some benefits of having the Springdale Community Coalition work on community health issues rather than having each organization working on them independently?

    What are some challenges of having the Springdale Community Coalition work on community health issues rather than having each organization work on them independently?

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    What is a coalition?

    A coalition is defined as an "inter-organizational, cooperative, and synergistic working alliances," that include different organizations that bond together to achieve the goal of building a more effective, safer, and healthier community. The coalition may comprised of law enforcement, business leaders, religious leaders, parents, teachers, health providers, local government officials and other community activists or citizens who want to address issues of shared concern in an organized ways. Building a coalition is a very excellent and smart strategy that promotes coordination and collaboration. By connecting multiple sectors of the community together, the community coalitions are achieving real outcomes. The coalition is a social group that respond to issues by assessing multiple factors of health problems, and executing strategies through various mass media and aimed at several target populations. The community coalition model is very attractive and appealing because it resemble a democracy by encouraging other ...

    Solution Summary

    619 words to discuss how a community coalition can foster the healthier and safer community through collaboration, cooperation, and coordination. Reference included.