The governance and management of effective community health partnerships: a typology for research, policy, and practice

Milbank Q. 2000;78(2):241-89, 151. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.00170.


Community health partnerships (CHPs) are voluntary collaborations of diverse community organizations that have joined forces in order to pursue a shared interest in improving community health. Although these cross-sectoral collaborations represent a way to address social determinants of health and disease in society, they suffer from governance and management problems associated with interorganizational relationships in general and health care challenges specifically. A typology of effective governance and management characteristics provides a systematic, theoretically based way of addressing dimensions of governance and management and serves as a guide in constructing, maintaining, and measuring successful partnerships. It offers a multidisciplinary perspective for classifying important organizational issues, identifying barriers to successful development and sustainability, and facilitating the attainment of goals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Research
  • United States