Local Comprehensive Cancer Control Toolkit
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Capacity Solutions

Quick Tips
  • Select a coalition coordinator or core planning team
  • Establish meeting and communication frequency
  • Determine members’ expected roles and responsibilities
  • Develop coalition by-laws
  • Establish workgroups or subcommittees
Tools & Resources
  • Recruitment Planning Worksheet
  • Sample Coalition By-Laws
  • CCCNP’s 9 Habits for Successful Coalitions

Organize for Success

Local cancer coalitions must have a strong planning, decision-making, and communications infrastructure to support priority setting and manage the dissemination of information and resources to members and constituents.

This requires choosing a coalition structure appropriate for helping coalitions lead, plan, make critical decisions, resolve conflict, communicate, and encourage support from stakeholders effectively. 

When starting a coalition, assign a staff member to serve as coalition coordinator or establish a core planning team to facilitate communication among members and organize the meetings, events, and other activities essential for sustaining momentum. Determine meeting/communication frequency at the outset.

Next, determine what coalition members’ expected roles and responsibilities will be and how responsibilities will be shared among other partner organizations.

Develop coalition by-laws to help govern the coalition, minimize confusion during decision-making, and ensure that everyone shares a common vision.

Establish workgroups or subcommittees as appropriate to organize the coalition for success. Establishing subcommittees or workgroups can help drive the work of the coalition. Coalition subcommittees can be charged with developing data-driven and jurisdiction-specific objectives to reduce cancer risk factors in the community. It may be helpful to establish separate subcommittees to address each objective in the jurisdictional CCC plan.

To organize a subcommittee, select representatives from different agencies throughout the jurisdiction. Allow each subcommittee to establish its own process for planning and meetings.

Explorative Questions

  • Who are the champions within our LHD that can serve as coordinator or be on the core coalition planning committee?
  • What days, hours, and location is best for coalition meetings?
  • How will decisions be made and monitored?
  • What is the best way to communicate with coalition members?
  • How often should regular coalition correspondence go out?
  • Who is on our coalition, and what role can they play?
  • What by-laws would best govern our coalition?
  • What subcommittees are needed and who is the best fit?