Building Effective Community Coalitions for Chronic Disease Support

Robyn Bussey, MBA, MHA
Research Assistant, Georgia Health Policy Center,
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies,
Georgia State University


What is a Community Coalition?

A community coalition is classically defined as a group of individuals representing diverse organizations, factions, or constituencies who agree to work together to achieve a common goal. By bringing diverse human and material resources to the table, partners work towards specific changes that they would not be able to bring about individually. Working in partnership is empowering and appeals to a community’s sense of equity and social justice.

Why use Community Coalitions to Achieve Diabetes Health Equity?

Disparities in health status are pervasive at all stages of the life cycle. One approach to reducing health disparities involves mobilizing community coalitions that include representatives of target populations to plan and implement interventions for community level change. Thousands of coalitions and partnerships have formed over the past two decades to support regional, health-related activities across the country and abroad. For example, coalitions have formed to reduce tobacco use among youth, increase immunization rates, reduce violence, and ensure adequate housing and health insurance for all.

Considering the disease burden of diabetes, it imperative that all stakeholders work collaboratively to positively impact the health of their community.

· “1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year” (American Diabetes Association [ADA], 2016)

· “In 2012, 86 million American age 20 and older had prediabetes, this was up from 79 million in 2010” (ADA, 2016)

· “In 2012, 9.3% of the US population had diabetes” (ADA, 2016)

Steps to building a Community Coalition:

  • Identification and Recruitment of Coalition Members
  • Assessment of Member Priority Areas
  • Strategic Planning
  • Action Planning
  • Sustaining Coalition Momentum
  • Evaluating Coalition Success

PDHE Virtual Learning Academy CME Accredited Course

Mrs. Robyn Bussey, Research Assistant Georgia Health Policy Center: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies — Georgia State University, presents the CME accredited PDHE course, “Building Effective Community Coalitions for Chronic Disease Support”.