Addressing disparities through coalition building: Alabama REACH 2010 lessons learned

Theresa Ann Wynn, Rhoda E. Johnson, Mona Fouad, Cheryl Holt, Isabel Scarinci, Christine Nagy, Edward Partridge, Mark Dignan, Sharina Person, Groesbeck Parham

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Community-based coalitions have become accepted vehicles for addressing complex health problems. Few articles have described the challenges and lessons learned from such a process. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: 1) to describe the processes involved in building and maintaining the REACH 2010 Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Coalition (ABCCCC) and 2) to highlight the lessons learned from this venture. Principles from community-based participatory research were used 1) to establish and maintain the ABCCCC, 2) to build coalition capacity, and 3) to develop breast and cervical cancer interventions. Over 95% of our coalition has been maintained over a 7-year period. The ABCCCC received a total of 17 breast and cervical cancer mini-grants. Adherence to ground rules such as exhibiting respect and trust and practicing open communication helped to solidify our partnership. Lessons learned from the ABCCCC can provide others with an in-depth exploration of the processes involved in coalition formation and maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-77
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Breast
  • Cancer
  • Cervical
  • Coalition building
  • Lessons learned
  • Partnership
  • REACH 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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