Public-private partnerships are integral to our public health paradigm. The Coalition Training Institute (1995–1998) trained 283 participants from 29 U.S. cities, 49 states, and 7 U.S. territories to foster and sustain partnerships that improve immunization rates. Evaluation consisted of on-site and follow-up surveys, effectiveness inventories, and focus groups. The Institute met participants' expectations. Four months later, participants reported training was applicable (93%) and helpful in overcoming organizational barriers. Most built or improved coalitions (81%), helped organizations apply new ideas (86%), and obtained training/support (60%). Participants requested more on-site and distance-learning opportunities to network, train coalition leaders and members, and learn new skills.
Frances D. Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd, is Professor and Head of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Center for Pediatric Research in Norfolk, Virginia.
Ardythe L. Morrow, PhD, MPH, is a Professor and Director of the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
J. DeWitt Webster, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a Kellogg fellow at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor.
R. Clinton Crews, MPH, is a research associate and coalition trainer/coordinator at the Center for Pediatric Research in Norfolk, Virginia.
Corresponding author: Frances D. Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd, Associate Professor Pediatrics, Center for Pediatric Research, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 855 W. Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510.
The Coalition Training Institute was funded by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program.
The authors thank Tricia Daniels at the Center for Pediatric Research and Patricia Louis of the. Safe Kids Coalition in Washington, DC. Without their help and dedication, this project would not have been possible.