Several factors influence a community's ability to build an effective community-based health promotion program. Three dimensions related to leadership and participation are explored in three different community health initiatives: 1) clarification of scope of activities, 2) identifying skilled indigenous leadership, and 3) formality of relationships. These dimensions are important elements in establishing coalitions around youth health issues. Findings are illustrated in case study format and implications for promoting health in youth are delineated.
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, School of Public Health, Columbia, South Carolina (Reininger)
Production Editor, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (Dinh-Zarr)
Course Coordinator, Outreach Education (Sinicrope)
Professor Emeritus, Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, The University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas (Martin)
Funding for this study was provided by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Grant No 1 H86 SPO4245–01.