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What is a Coalition?

Posted on: October 10, 2014 1:00 pm

Coalition 101

You may have heard the term coalition used to describe a group in your neighborhood, community, or even military related operations, but what exactly is a coalition?

You’re right if you guessed it’s a group of people coming together around a specific issue or cause. The University of Kansas simply defines a coalition as “a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal.” Coalitions may form around a variety of interests or issues. While they may appear very different from one another, all coalitions serve the same purpose, which is to improve their community or a situation. Common coalitions related to prevention include the prevention of substance abuse, violence, suicide, and crime.

Are any of the prevention topics listed above of interest to you? You’re in luck! Anyone can participate in a coalition. In fact, coalitions want community members and youth who are interested in their cause to join them.  According to Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, there are 12 community sectors that should be represented on a substance abuse prevention coalition.  Click on the link below to see what sectors of a coalition you represent. 

12 Sectors of Community Coalitions

Coalitions form to create change on a large scale. With determination and persistence, this will eventually occur through planning and collaboration with community partners. Generally, you will find at least one, if not all, of the following components underlying the efforts of the coalition:

  1. Developing or influencing policy. This can be done on a local level, through community schools or ordinances, or on a larger scale through state and national policy. 
  2. Encouraging individuals to modify unhealthy or unsafe behaviors. Think of efforts to educate individuals about the negative effects of smoking on their health.   
  3. Improving the health of their community. An example of this is campaigns to develop awareness of domestic violence in the community. 

Most likely there are several coalitions in your area that you can become involved with. Giving back to your community creates a safer and supportive environment for everyone. 

Lastly, this is an interactive space, so what other prevention topics would you like to see covered on the blog? We’re looking forward to hearing from you!



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