The Social Determinants of Health are large, multi-focal issues. These issues often have multiple stakeholders that can include patients, activists and policy makers. These scope of these issues makes them ripe for coalition work.
Coalitions bring together groups with like interests or agendas to pool resources, skills and contacts. Coalition members have overlapping interests around a core issue, though their individual focus may be unique within the group. When attempting to form a coalition it is important to understand those individual interests in order to best cultivate a working relationship among the group members. Understanding a stakeholder’s perspective, their previous work in a topical area, and their mission is essential to recruiting coalition members.
For this assignment you will identify an individual or group that would be a potential coalition partner for your team project. This is an individual assignment, but work within your group to identify different stakeholders. Ideally this individual work will benefit your final team project. You can group your individual posts in a team “thread”, but be sure to identify your main post. Otherwise, be sure to identify your team topic in your own post for other students’ reference.
What to do:
- Identify a group or agency working in your team focal area.
- Describe the group
- What do they do?
- What is their focus/mission?
- How are they funded?
- What is their organizational structure?
- Are they a volunteer only group, or do they have a paid staff?
- Does the leadership reflect the target audience?
- Do they collaborate with other groups, or do they work alone?
- Provide examples of successful projects they have completed.
- Pro tip: this information is often available on the official website and in annual reports.
- What do they do?
- Is there a benefit to collaborating with them?
- If so, what is the benefit, and what would that collaboration look like?
- If there does not seem to be a benefit, explain why and how you would avoid repeating their work in your team project.
- Pro tip: Be sure to include the group’s main website in your reference list – as well as any sub-pages you visited to get necessary information for this discussion.
The team project is epidemiological research, and prevalence of a specific health issue (in our project it is regarding obesity prevalence in New York state over the years, and research on the prevalence of areas, race, and age groups).