Community - Based prevention marketing for policy development: A new planning framework for coalitions

Carol A. Bryant, Anita H. Courtney, Robert J. McDermott, James H. Lindenberger, Mark A. Swanson, Alyssa B. Mayer, Anthony D. Panzera, Mahmooda Khaliq, Tali Schneider, Ashton P. Wright, R. Craig Lefebvre, Brian J. Biroscak

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Community-based prevention marketing (CBPM) is a community-driven framework for program planning, which applies social marketing concepts and techniques to the development of health behavior interventions. Whereas community members who comprise an action committee or coalition set the goals and make programmatic decisions, social marketing provides the planning framework to guide program design, implementation, and evaluation. CBPM has guided successful initiatives to promote physical activity in both youth and adults, to increase safety eyewear use in agricultural settings, and to delay alcohol and tobacco initiation among youth. However, the emergence of evidence-based policy has fostered renewed interest in ‘‘upstream’’ approaches to health behavior change that, in the United States, have included community partnerships as an important tool for policy development. Unfortunately, these community partnerships have had variable success because of the lack of a systematic framework for identifying, selecting, tailoring, and promoting evidence-based policies. We describe the adaptation and application of CBPM to improve community capacity for identifying and promoting evidence-based policies. The resulting framework, CBPM for Policy Development, is comprised of the following eight steps: (1) build a strong foundation for success; (2) review evidence-based policy options; (3) select a policy to promote; (4) identify priority audiences among beneficiaries, stakeholders, and policy makers; (5) conduct formative research with priority audiences; (6) develop a marketing plan for promoting the policy; (7) develop a plan for monitoring implementation and evaluating impact; and (8) advocate for policy change. We provide a description of each step and an examination of the experiences and lessons learned in applying it to youth obesity prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-246
Number of pages28
JournalSocial Marketing Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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  • Academic–community partnerships
  • Community capacity
  • Community coalitions
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Policy advocacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing


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