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Am J Community Psychol. 2001 Apr;29(2):173-91; discussion 205-11.

A practitioner's guide to successful coalitions.

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  • 1AHEC/Community Partners, Office of Community Programs, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.


The highly complex practice of building successful community coalitions is explored. Key dimensions related to coalition success are identified and best practices are delineated. Nine dimensions are explored that are critical to coalition success: coalition readiness, intentionality, structure and organizational capacity, taking action, membership, leadership, dollars and resources, relationships, and technical assistance. Two coalition case studies follow the discussion of dimensions and illustrate the journey traveled to create successful community coalitions.

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