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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.

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 and challenges?

Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. (2013). Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition. Retrieved April 1, 2013 from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1057.aspx

Public Health Practice Office (n.d.). Community Engagement: Definitions and Organizing Concepts from the Literature. Retrieved April 1, 2013 from http://www.cdc.gov/phppo/pce/part1.htm

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The goal to create a healthier community is determined. The types of organizations and individuals to join the Springdale Community Coalition is determined.

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Coalitions generally form out of a common interest or goal. Often they form to address a specific problem or concern, though they may form to achieve a goal of improving something within the community. The Springdale Community Coalition is forming with the goals of improving health and safety within the population. It would be assumed that organizations related to health and public health would take an interest in joining the coalition. Health departments, clinics, medical offices, hospitals, police departments and fire departments are all organizations dedicated to promoting health or safety within the community. Individuals who may be interested include mayor, council members, nursing and medical students, health teachers, and possibly water and waste treatment managers. In ...

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