Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
How Do Partnerships Evolve?
Pulse Check on Multi-Sector Partnerships found out. This report by ReThink Health, a Rippel Foundation initiative, is a snapshot of what health-focused partnerships look like, and how they evolve, based on 237 survey responses from 42 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.
The survey found that most partnerships are relatively new, with two-thirds of them launched since 2010. Their reach is broad, extending across regions where one-third of the U.S. population dwells. And they are diverse—half of the surveyed coalitions include representatives from at least ten different sectors, including public health, government, social services, health care, and community planning and transportation. Some partnerships focus on a single area (such as clinical care, health behavior, socioeconomic factors, or the physical environment), while others tackle projects that include two or more of those categories (such as promoting tobacco cessation and reducing exposure to local environmental hazards).
Partnerships have distinct phases, according to the Pulse Check analysis, each with their own challenges and strategic opportunities. By describing these phases, and the common pitfalls and momentum-builders that often accompany each one, the report helps partnerships know what to expect as they develop over time, and how to prepare.