Coalition & Network Building
Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can help you identify, engage, and manage these partnerships while fostering collaboration across organizations, agencies, and sectors. PHI brings extensive experience helping local and state coalitions create strategic plans and identify common causes and shared goals. PHI staff can facilitate large, statewide collaborative groups of more than 150 members, as well as smaller, action-oriented teams—both online and off.
With more than a decade of experience, PHI has created and supported successful coalition and networks to advance a myriad of local, national and global public health goals, including: state and federal health care reform, pioneering a "health in all policies" approach, addressing climate change, and advancing violence prevention efforts.
Our expertise includes:
Strategic partnership consultation and outreach: PHI can help you to decide on the right collection of stakeholders to bring to the table—researching the landscape, identifying shared goals and common interests among partners or sectors, and developing a concrete plan for engagement.
Coalition growth and management: From establishing collective goals, to identifying roles and responsibilities, we can help you to engage partners in long-term, meaningful collaboration to advance your coalition's objectives, and offer services to support and facilitate group decision-making. We can also help you sunset existing collaboration efforts and reconfigure network participation to meet changing goals.
Customized activities based on group need: Our trainers are well-versed in a breadth of public health issues and strategies, and can provide custom-tailored training sessions based on need and interest.
Web forum hosting: Our online communications network, Dialogue4Health, has hosted hundreds of web forums for thousands of participants, on a wide variety of health, public health and other issues. You decide the issue; our team will host, facilitate, and organize the forum, including sharing it with their engaged audience of twenty thousand previous participants, helping build your visibility and network.
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Resources and Tools
- Dialogue4Health Web Forum: Designing the New CA4Health: Highlights and Next Steps from the March 27th 2015 Convening
- Dialogue4Health Web Forum: Leadership + Partnership + Implementation = Community Engagement
- Inspiring Youth, Growing Change
- Local Network Success Stories: Network for a Healthier California
Cynthia Carter Perrilliat
Denise Raquel Dunning
Tomás A. Magaña
Bethany Young Holt
Alameda County Care Alliance
California Convergence Coordinating Office
California Opioid Safety Network
California Project LEAN
Center for Climate Change and Health
Collective Impact Partnership: Increasing the Economic Power of Girls and Women in India
Cultiva La Salud
East Bay Health Workforce Partnership
Health in All Policies
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program
Roots of Change
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR)
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Building Powerful Alliances to Spur Action on Climate Change
With a powerful track record for engaging partners and building capacity to address public health issues, PHI is working to foster public health and health sector leadership on climate change. An accredited NGO at the United Nations, PHI works to build attention to the links between climate change and health in international meetings and negotiations.
As the host of the Center for Climate Change and Health, PHI serves as the host of the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, a network of health and public health practitioners working to address the climate impact on health, providing up-to-date resources on health and climate change and a forum for public health professionals to communicate and engage on climate solutions. The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance is the U.S. affiliate of the Global Climate and Health Alliance that brings together health advocates on climate change from around the world.
In the fall of 2018, health leaders gathered at the first-ever Global Climate and Health Forum in San Francisco to discuss the impact of climate change on health and their responsibility to act. PHI and our Center for Climate Change and Health participated as host organizations, and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance one of the main event organizers. At the Forum, over 70 health sector leaders from across the world recommited to reducing carbon pollution and building healthy, resilient communities. Learn more about the event and see photos.
Creating Healthier Cities in California
PHI’s Center for Civic Partnerships ran the California Healthy Cities Project (CHCP), the largest and longest running statewide program of its kind in the U.S. CHCP worked with hundreds of local leaders and city governments to improve their communities in the areas of safety, healthy aging, nutrition and physical activity and more. CHCP received the National Coalition Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Moving AHEAD Through Collaboration
PHI’s Kevin Barnett helps to lead the national Alignment for Health Equity and Development (AHEAD) initiative, which brings together community development institutions, hospitals, businesses and public health agencies to work collaboratively and align resources to improve community health.
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