Insights & ideas to Ignite your coalition

Add Variety & Innovation to Spice Up Your Coalition!

It’s the holidays and you know what that means … time for Christmas cookies. I like to honor the traditional tastes of the cookies that my family likes and expects, but then add[…]  Read More

Coalition Lessons Learned from Walt Disney

My husband, our three grown children, their spouses and five grandchildren just returned from a vacation aboard the Disney Dream and at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney strived to “always exceed expectations”, and,[…]  Read More

Coalitions & Collective Impact

Since Kania & Kramer introduced the concept in 2011, collective impact has been adopted as an effective way to address complex social and environmental challenges. This structured way of achieving social change includes[…]  Read More

Six Hot Tips to Jump Start Your Coalition Evaluation

Coalitions are powerful vehicles for building the skills of professionals and volunteers, thereby empowering them to advocate and act on behalf of priority populations within their communities. Since I get more requests for[…]  Read More

Being Present in 2015!

Well, it’s the new year and time to think about how 2015 will be different from last year. I just re-read my January 2014 post, “Seven Resolutions for Your Coalition that You Can[…]  Read More

Rediscovering Joy in Life and Work

Rediscovering Joy in Life and Work I just spent Thanksgiving weekend with family at our mountain cabin. For the first time in 12 years, we actually had a blessing of SNOW for the[…]  Read More

What’s the Buzz About Community Engagement?

I’ve been hearing the term “community engagement” used more and more lately. Although it was defined in a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1997, the second edition[…]  Read More

Business & Public Health: Partnering for Prevention

Businesses & Public Health Partnering for Prevention[…]  Read More

Recruiting and Retaining Active Coalition Members

Members are the lifeblood of a coalition or partnership. Recruiting individual and organizational members is essential to building a solid foundation for your community work. Consider the American Cancer Society’s Preparation, Planning, Recruitment,[…]  Read More

“Retreat” into Exciting New Possibilities

I don’t know about you, but my day-to-day life is so scheduled and multitasked that I often become distracted and edgy. That’s why I need to take time away to decompress, contemplate my[…]  Read More

Stop Being the Little Red Hen – Delegate!

The Little Red Hen is an old Russian folk tale that was popularized by Little Golden Books in the 1940s. In the tale, the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the[…]  Read More

Leading a Collaborative Effort: What Does It Take?

When you step up to lead a coalition, partnership or any collaborative effort, you may feel like you’ve crossed the border into another country – one with different values, priorities and ways of[…]  Read More

Engage Community Partners To Prevent Bullying

According to a new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the effects of childhood bullying are “persistent and pervasive, with health, social and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood.” Over 25% of the[…]  Read More

Celebrate National Public Health Week: April 7-14, 2014

For nearly two decades, public health professionals have united communities nationwide each April to celebrate National Public Health Week. Every year, NPHW uses a unique theme to explore and share health with our[…]  Read More

Early Deliveries Fine for FedEx and UPS – Not So Much for Babies!

When it comes to the time spent in the womb, letting nature take its course is best for most babies and mothers! The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed organization that tracks hospital safety and[…]  Read More

Volunteering Is Alive and Well in America!

  Volunteering is a core American value. Volunteers working in coalitions and other nonprofit organizations enrich our communities and keep them strong. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National[…]  Read More

Four Ways to Make Communities Safer

I just finished reading an editorial in our local newspaper (Daily Press, Feb 19, 2014) written by Steven S. Kast, the President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia[…]  Read More