Strength in Process: Using Concept Mapping to Inform Community Coalition Development

J. Jay Miller, Susan Rhema, Anna Faul, Joseph D'Ambrosio, Pamela Yankeelov, Rhonda Amer, Rebecca Clark

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This study reports on the use of Concept Mapping to delineate a conceptual framework germane to the planning and initial formation of tri-county rural diabetes coalition in a southeast US community. The focus of the tricounty coalition is to reduce diabetes-related inequalities in vulnerable populations. After a review of pertinent literature on community coalitions, this article explicates Concept Mapping processes utilized to plan and organize the formation of a coalition, offers analyses of the results, and discusses implications for current and future practices pertaining to community coalition work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-456
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for this research was provided by Cooperative Agreement 1U58DP002815-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • Coalition
  • community
  • community research
  • community-based participatory research
  • concept mapping
  • diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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