Table 3

Themes Related to Contextual Influences on Lead Agency, Leadership and Staffing Selection

Coalition Factor and Related Themes

History of Collaboration

Community Politics and History

Community Norms and Values

Community Demographics and Economic Conditions


Lead Agency

Organizations that served as the lead agency in similar projects in the past tend to remain as lead agencies for new projects.


Leadership and Staffing

Individuals who have served as staff and/or leaders in similar past projects tend to remain in those positions in new initiatives.


Community diversity can affect who is selected as staff when needed skill sets include cultural competence and language abilities.


Rural areas with small populations may have a limited pool of people with the skills needed to effectively staff a collaborative initiative.


The lack of agency professionals in rural areas can necessitate greater volunteer involvement in coalition staff and leadership roles.


Kegler et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:90   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-90

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