Community Health Coalitions

Community health coalitions have been a bright spot among strategies that have emerged in recent years to improve public health in the United States. By raising awareness and fostering a community’s engagement in a public health issue, community health coalitions can accomplish multiple goals. When properly designed and organized, they assure that a public health project is more attuned to a community’s needs and capacity, more closely linked to its resources and more likely to secure the cooperation of stakeholders.

JSI is a leader in helping to build and support community health coalitions, particularly in underserved areas, to respond to a public health problem. JSI’s work with coalitions typically draws on an evidence-based model of community-based participatory research and supports five core functions: assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation and evaluation. JSI’s services on behalf of community health coalitions includes assisting with needs assessments, building capacity within the coalitions’ membership, meeting facilitation, strategic planning, asset mapping, logic modeling, best practice selection and the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate outcomes and create a feedback loop for continuous quality improvement.

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PROJECT
View details: Providing Evaluation Services to the Merrimack Safeguard Coalition

Providing Evaluation Services to the Merrimack Safeguard Coalition

The Merrimack Safeguard Coalition facilitates the implementation of environmental strategies in the Merrimack community to prevent the use of alcohol and prescription drugs among youth. JSI is evaluating the initiative.

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View details: Compliance assistance for Spanish-speaking auto body shop workers leads to better health and better business in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Compliance assistance for Spanish-speaking auto body shop workers leads to better health and better business in Lawrence, Massachusetts

JSI helps auto-body shop owners in Lawrence, MA improve their businesses and the environmental health of their community through culturally appropriate interventions.

PROJECT
View details: Franklin New Hampshire Drug Free Communities Evaluation

Franklin New Hampshire Drug Free Communities Evaluation

The Drug Free Communities project is building a coalition to help prevent the use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs among youth. JSI is evaluating the impact of the initiative for the Mayor’s Drug Task Force.

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View details: Massachusetts Asthma Evaluation

Massachusetts Asthma Evaluation

The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.

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View details: Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth

Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth

Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth engages in a range of evidence-based projects to support the well-being of youth, from leadership development to parenting classes and educational forums. JSI provides evaluation and technical support services.

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View details: Youth Lead Lawrence

Youth Lead Lawrence

JSI developed youth leadership to advance breast cancer awareness, prevention, and access to care using an innovative approach of bringing together students, family members, and community through a high school club.

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