“Hey, We Can Do This Together”: Findings from an Evaluation of a Multi-sectoral Community Coalition

Lindsey Realmuto, Linda Weiss, Patrick Masseo, Kumbie Madondo, Rashi Kumar, Susan Beane, José A. Pagán

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Abstract

Multi-sectoral coalitions focused on systemic health inequities are commonly promoted as important mechanisms to facilitate changes with lasting impacts on population health. However, the development and implementation of such initiatives present significant challenges, and evaluation results are commonly inconclusive. In an effort to add to the evidence base, we conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative, a multi-sectoral partnership based in the Bronx, New York City. At an organizational level, there were positive outcomes with respect to expanded services, increased access to resources for programs, improved linkages, better coordination, and empowerment of local leaders—all consistent with a systemic, community building approach to change. Direct impacts on community members were more difficult to assess: perceived access to health and other services improved, while community violence and poor sanitation, which were also priorities for community members, remained important challenges. Findings suggest significant progress, as well as continued need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Urban Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • community building
  • health inequity
  • Multi-sectoral coalitions
  • program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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