Partnerships are an important component of community advocacy efforts. Partners can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the issues being addressed and establish a framework for the continued support of services that support child health in communities.
7.42.1 Building Effective Partnerships
- Working in partnerships will help multiply the power of advocacy efforts and build strength in numbers.
- Working in partnerships includes getting other individuals, organizations, alliances, and coalitions involved to accomplish your advocacy goal.
- Getting more individuals and groups involved helps us win on the issues that are important to us.
- Working in partnerships helps us increase the number of people and groups working to improve children’s health and well-being and builds strength.
- When working with others—whether it is an individual or a group—try to understand their motivations and interests.
- Remember that partnerships can include the “usual suspects” as well as unlikely partners. The only way to know if someone will support your issue is by asking.
What are Potential Roles That Pediatricians Can Play at the Community Advocacy Level? Some examples of the role that you as a pediatrician could play in community
advocacy could include:
- Partner with child advocacy organizations in your area
- Inform community leaders, decision-makers, and elected officials about issues that are affecting children in your community
Invite decision-makers to visit your professional setting or community project
- Provide testimony and telling your story at community forums, events, and in your local media
- Serve on the board of an organization that supports children’s health and well-being or children’s interests such as a school board
- Offer medical expertise to schools, youth organizations or institutions, and child care centers
- Ask parents, teachers, and other health care professionals and clinicians in your area to get involved in local efforts to improve children’s health and well-being
- Initiate a community project or forming a partnership, alliance, or coalition to address a problem