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Building Health Coalitions in the Black Community

Building Health Coalitions in the Black Community

November 1999 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The book is especially useful for researchers, policymakers, public health practitioners, and community leaders who have limited experience in both health coalition building, and working with the African American community in particular."  


  "An important book for African Americans nationwide; I believe it will make a real impact on the way we view comprehensive health care for communities of color in this country."

Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, NAACP

In Building Health Coalitions in the Black Community, Professor Ronald Braithwaite and his colleagues examine the phenomenon of coalition building with respect to diverse problems and situations they have encountered in their research. The result is a significant contribution to knowledge of the method of coalition development and its application in African American Communities.

The book begins with a historical review of health care and collaboration involving the African American population generally. The second chapter reveals federal and research foundation support for coalition building. Following this are discussions addressing a wide range of issues relating to coalitions in the African American Community:

  • The theoretical basis of coalition building and coalitions in urban communities;
  • The role of formative, process and summative evaluation in coalitions generally, with examples of coalitions combating drug use;
  • The benefits that proceed from collaborations between African American religious institutions and public health officials, and the role, selection and training of lay health advisors;
  • Ways coalitions in the African American community have responded to environmental issues such as hazardous waste facility siting;

Students in a variety of health science and related disciplines (public health, nursing, medicine, and allied health, social work, psychology, sociology, health education) will find this an excellent general introduction to health promotion in African American communities.



An Historical Analysis of Health and Collaborative Efforts in African American Communities
The Federal and Foundation Emphasis on Coalition Initiatives
Coalitions in Theory and Practice
The Urban Context

Coalitions Combating Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use
The Black Faith Community and Public Health
Communities of Color Respond to Environmental Threats to Health
The Environmental Justice Framework

Rural Coalitions and Substance Abuse Prevention
A Case Study Approach

Sustaining and Maintaining Coalitions
Building Community-Developed Coalitions
A Practical Approach

Community Coalition Member Training


"An important book for African Americans nationwide; I believe it will make a real impact on the way we view comprehensive health care for communities of color in this country." 

Kweisi Mfume
President and CEO, NAACP

"This is a fascinating, lucid, and well-written book which addresses the important subjects of health promotion and disease prevention from an African American perspective. The text nicely integrates theory and practice relating to coalition building, and provides excellent case examples. Given the growing interest in the delivery of more culturally responsive care to our diverse society, this text should be of great interest to audiences that include patients/consumers, health professions educators, and policy-makers." 

Wornie Reed
Director of Urban Child Research, Cleveland State University

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