Coalitions are emerging as a force for change in many communities and offer the opportunity for broad community involvement in the planning and implementation of needed health promotion and health education services.
Perceived ownership promotes greater participation by the community but efforts to systematically evaluate ownership are lacking.
The aim of this study was to determine ownership of a local ElderCARE Coalition's activities and its health promotion program, Healthy WAY, as perceived by coalition members.
Fifteen of the coalition members returned the questionnaire that included the Community Ownership Scale.
As shown by mean scores, the agencies perceived as having the most influence or greatest perceived ownership were the university college of nursing and the community action programs.
Coalition members represented a wide variety of roles and responsibilities as well as length of time in the coalition (1 month to 6 years).
Responses to open-ended questions, analyzed by content analysis, supported the work of the coalition and identified the senior participants in the Healthy WAY program as being « enthusiastic » but also needing to be more « involved. » Process measures are important indicators of how close coalitions are staying to their grassroots constituency.
Implications for public health nurses include participating as partners in community coalitions and assisting coalitions in determining their sense of ownership and the need for change.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Personne âgée, Homme, Revenu individuel, Faible, Santé communautaire, Organisation santé, Promotion santé, Méthodologie, Participation communautaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United States, North America, America, Elderly, Human, Personal income, Low, Community health, Public health organization, Health promotion, Methodology, Community participation
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0168526
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.