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Examines a wide range of problems and issues associated with the phenomenon of coalition building for health promotion.

Sustaining and Maintaining Coalitions
Sustaining and maintaining coalitions

As demonstrated, a coalition is typically a time-limited organization in which there is a convergence of interest from both individuals and organizations, centered on common goals. It is an organization of organizations that allows groups to become involved in new issues, without the necessity of managing or developing those emerging issues by themselves (Dluhy, 1990). As previously discussed, coalitions have historically functioned in the African American community, and mobilization around common interests has led to major victories. For example, during the civil rights movement, churches and other civic groups organized around a common interest and effected positive change.

Because a coalition is usually a temporary entity, the challenge lies in building one that can effectively address issues in a ...

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