June 30, 2011

Community-based strategies are increasingly recognized for their potential to improve human health and reduce health disparities. Yet these approaches have not always delivered on expectations because the expected changes to systems, environments, or behaviors do not occur as planned.

Partnerships among organizations working at various socio-ecologic levels have been identified as key elements in achieving change. Case studies were undertaken of coalitions, direct service providers, a national professional association, and national advocacy organizations to explore how partnerships were used to address complex health issues at local, regional, and national levels.

This concept paper makes a novel contribution to the literature by providing real world examples of successful partnership strategies in these environments.