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A local response to national health policy: A case study of community building through coalition action in Henrico County, Virginia


2004 2004

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Abstract (summary)

This policy analysis employs policy evaluation techniques to examine how one locality formed a coalition in order to respond to a national health policy. The locality is Henrico County, Virginia. The national health policy addressed by the coalition is Healthy People 2010. The primary goal of the coalition was to develop and implement sustainable health education and promotion programs for the community. The work of the coalition was funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Grant funds were dispersed through the Virginia Department of Health.

An ex-post policy evaluation was conducted using case study methodology to analyze the work of the coalition over a three and one-half year period. The coalition's progress was measured by analyzing the reports generated by the grant staff during this period.

Members of the coalition were representatives from the Henrico County Health Department and Virginia Commonwealth University. Results of the analysis revealed the value of community/university collaborative efforts. Despite the fact that community members were not originally included as active members of the coalition, analysis results discussed the importance of involving community members as active participants in coalition activities. The primary lessons learned are in keeping with the principles of coalition building, community building, and citizen participation.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public administration;
Public health;
Counties;
Coalitions;
Health education;
Health promotion;
Health care policy;
Studies
Classification
0617: Public administration
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Coalition action; Community-building; Henrico County; National health policy; Virginia
Title
A local response to national health policy: A case study of community building through coalition action in Henrico County, Virginia
Author
Rankin, Daphne Long
Number of pages
134
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
2383
Source
DAI-A 66/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496939176, 0496939173
Advisor
Creighton-Zollar, Ann
University/institution
Virginia Commonwealth University
University location
United States -- Virginia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3160740
ProQuest document ID
305055865
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305055865
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