Step 4: Organize a Community Coalition
Toolkit for Community Organizers:
Steps for Addressing Chlamydia in Your Community
- Select a project coordinator.
A project coordinator is essential to building and maintaining a community coalition. Unfortunately, funding does not always allow for this to be a paid position. Consider a lead agency or partner organization that could incorporate this role into an existing position. A project coordinator should possess expertise in the field of adolescent or reproductive health and experience working on coalition building.
- Identify “champions”.
You have already identified your stakeholders in Step 2. Now you will need to determine which stakeholders will be most valuable to the coalition, these are your key stakeholders or “champions”. Champions are the people who believe in you and your efforts. These people will be advocates for the group and have influence in the community. Meet with a small group of them to solidify your support. Ask them to participate in your community meetings and invite others they know who may be interested in helping to build the coalition.
Kandiyohi County & CHAS: Forming a local coalition
“Having members representing various aspects of the community is key to involving the community. It allows you to better understand the community, because various aspects are represented at your table.”
Selecting a project coordinator
Stakeholder groups receiving an invitation packet:
- Beyond Intractabillity: Coalition Building
- Prevention Institute: Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide
- Coalitions Work: Tools
- 8 Steps for Building & Sustaining Coalitions & Partnerships
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
- Collaboration for Impact:The Collective Impact Framework
- Principles of Community Engagement (Word)
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