ERIC Number: ED432415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Healthier Tomorrow: A Manual for Rural Coalition Building.
Landis, Suzanne; Plaut, Thomas; Trevor, June; Futch, Judy
This manual is a how-to-do-it guide to building coalitions of health and human service agencies, organizations, businesses, churches, and other community-based groups for collaborative research, planning, and action to improve resident health and quality of life. Most of the information provided was discovered and developed during the 4-year life of the Madison Community Health Project, a community-based health initiative in Madison County, North Carolina, based on a model developed in South Africa in the 1940s. The manual includes six sections: 1) the nature, creation, and maintenance of coalitions; 2) tools for assessing community needs and evaluating program effectiveness (research methods, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups); 3) tools for building consensus and effective decision making, two panel discussions about local culture, power structures and promoting community empowerment while including the powerful, and facilitating and managing meetings; 4) guidelines for talking to potential funding sources; 5) a case study of the Madison Community Health Project; and 6) a bibliography containing 97 references. Appendices include a sample membership survey; a list of 78 grantmaking foundations with areas of interest, geographical and other restrictions, average award, and contact information; additional sources of funding information; and 17 2-page coalition-building tip sheets. (TD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Cooperation, Community Health Services, Community Involvement, Community Needs, Community Organizations, Community Planning, Cooperative Programs, Human Services, Needs Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Philanthropic Foundations, Power Structure, Resource Materials, Rural Areas
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52202
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina