NWA Coalition Building Toolkit
By National WIC Association
NWA created this toolkit to provide guidance on the coalition requirement of the CPHMC project. As part of the Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children project, each sub-recipient agency was required to serve as the convening member of a newly developed or strengthened multi-sectoral coalition that would then conduct a community needs assessment and implement a community action plan.
From 2014 – 2017 CDC’s Division of Community Health (DCH) funded the National WIC Association (NWA) and four other partner organizations to build and strengthen community infrastructure to implement population-based strategies to improve communities’ health. During this 3-year cooperative agreement with CDC, NWA partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and 30 local WIC agencies to reduce and prevent chronic disease by improving access to healthy food environments and improving access to prevention and disease management services, like WIC. NWA funded and supported two cohorts of local WIC agencies in select target states to work with community partners to build and enhance community partnerships, perform community needs assessments, and develop and implement strategies to achieve community health goals.
By the end of the 3 year project, NWA sought to achieve the following outcomes: 1) increased collaboration between national and community partners, 2) increased community capacity to implement policy, systems, and environmental improvements, 3) increased messages on the importance of policy, systems, and environmental improvements, 4) increased access to environments with healthy food or beverage options in local communities, and 5) increased opportunities for chronic disease prevention and care through community and clinical linkages in local communities.
December 12, 2017
National WIC Association (2016) Coalition Building Toolkit. Available online: https://thewichub.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/2017/12/Coalition-Building-Toolkit_Cohort-2.pdf