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Ignite cover with borderIgnite! Getting Your Community Coalition “Fired Up” for Change

Frances Dunn Butterfoss

In Ignite, building and sustaining a community organization or coalition is compared to planning, building, fueling and sustaining a campfire. Tasks are divided into the four parts of the book: Before You Build It, Build It, Make It Work and Sustain It – they’ll spark your community work to the next level.


  • Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health

    Frances Dunn Butterfoss

    Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health is a comprehensive guide for building durable coalitions to improve community and public health. This important resource provides an in-depth, yet practical approach to building, sustaining, and nurturing these complex organizations.

Selected Coalition Articles

  1. Anthropology’s Role in Building and Sustaining Community Coalitions.

    Butterfoss, FD. Commentary. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 35(2):174-82, 2011.

  2. Translating Evidence-based Interventions into Practice.

    Butterfoss, FD, Malveaux, FJ. Guest Co-Editors. Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. Initiative. Health Promotion Practice, 12 (6) suppl 1: 5-8, 2011.

  3. Evaluating Partnerships to Prevent and Manage Chronic Disease.

    Butterfoss FD. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6(2), 2009.

  4. Prevention Works. Introduction to Fostering Healthy Communities: Lessons Learned from CDC’s Premier Community-Based Interventions.

    Frances Dunn Butterfoss and Larry Cohen, Guest Editors. Health Promotion Practice Supplement, 10(2), 2009.

  5. Engaging the community in coalition efforts to address childhood asthma.

    Peterson JW, LaChance LL, Butterfoss FD, Houle CR, Nichols EA, Gilmore LA, Lara M, Friedman AR. | Health Promotion Practice, 7:56-65S, 2006.

  6. From formation to action: How Allies Against Asthma coalitions are getting the job done.

    Butterfoss FD, Gilmore LA, Krieger JW, LaChance LL, Lara M, Meurer JR, Nichols EA, Orians CE, Peterson JW, Rose SW, Rosenthal MP. | Health Promotion Practice, 7, 34-43S, 2006.

  7. Process evaluation for community participation.

    Butterfoss FD. | Annual Review of Public Health, volume 27, 323-40, 2006.

  8. State Plan Index: A tool for assessing the quality of state public health plans.

    Butterfoss FD, Dunet DO. | Preventing Chronic Diseases [serial online] 2005 Apr [date cited].

  9. Evaluating community partnerships and coalitions with practitioners in mind.

    Butterfoss FD and Francisco VT. | Health Promotion Practice, 5(2), 108-114, 2004.

  10. The Coalition Technical Assistance and Training Framework; Helping community coalitions help themselves.

    Butterfoss FD. | Virginia’s Healthy Start Initiative, Health Promotion Practice, 5(2), 118-126, 2004.

  11. The Coalition Training Institute: Training for the long haul.

    Butterfoss FD, Morrow AL Webster JD, Crews, C. | Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 9(6), 522-529, 2003.

  12. CINCH: An urban coalition for empowerment and action.

    Butterfoss FD, Morrow AL, Rosenthal J, Dini E, Crews RC, Webster JD, Louis P. | Health Education & Behavior, 25(2), 212-225, 1998.

  13. Community coalitions for prevention and health promotion: Factors predicting satisfaction, participation and planning.

    Butterfoss FD, Goodman RM, Wandersman A. | Health Education Quarterly, 23(1), 65-79, 1996.

  14. Community coalitions for health promotion and disease prevention.

    Butterfoss FD, Goodman RM, Wandersman A. | Health Education Res 8(3), 315-30, 1993.

  15. Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective Impact.

    Wolff, T., Minkler, M., Wolfe, S., Berkowitz, B., Bowen, L., Christens, B., Francisco, V., Himmelman, A., Lee, K., & Butterfoss, F. | Nonprofit Quarterly, Jan. 9, 2017

Selected Book Chapters

  1. Sustainability Planning Guide for Healthy Communities.

    Batan, M, Jaffe, A, Butterfoss, FD, LaPier, T. Atlanta, GA: CDC Division of Adult and Community Health, Healthy Communities Program, 2011.

  2. Mobilizing organizations for health enhancement: Theories of Organizational and Systems Change.

    Butterfoss FD, Kegler MC and Francisco, VT. In K. Glanz, B. K. Rimer, K. Viswanath (Eds). Health Education and Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice, 4th Ed. San Francisco: JosseyBass, 2009.

  3. Building and Sustaining Coalitions.

    Butterfoss, FD, and Whitt, MD. | In RJ Bensley & J. Brookins-Fisher. (Eds.) Community Health Education Methods: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd Edition. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.

  4. The Community Coalition Action Theory.

    Butterfoss, FD, Kegler, MC. | In DiClemente, R, Crosby, L, Kegler, MC. (Eds.) Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research, 2nd Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2009, 238-276.

  5. A Coalition Model for Community Action.  

    Butterfoss, FD., Kegler, MC. | In M. Minkler (Ed.) Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare, 3rd Edition. Rutgers University Press, 2009, 309-328.

  6. Strategies for Building Coalitions in Rural Communities.

    Kegler, MC, Butterfoss, FD.  In RA Crosby, ML Wendel, RC Vanderpool , BR Casey (Eds.) Populations and Health: Determinants Disparities and Solutions. Jossey-Bass Publications, 2012, 191-214.

  7. Building and Sustaining Coalitions.

    Butterfoss, FD. In RJ Bensley and JB Brookins-Fisher (Eds.) Community and Public Health Method: A Practical Guide, 4th Ed. Jones & Bartlett, 2011, 217-242.

  8. The Plan Quality Index: An empowerment research, consultation and feedback tool.

    Butterfoss FD, Goodman RM, Wandersman A, Valois R, and Chinman M. | In D Fetterman, S Kafterian, A Wandersman (Eds.), Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability. Sage Publications, 1995, 304-331.