Building community capacity around chronic disease services through a collaborative interorganizational network

Health Educ Behav. 2003 Dec;30(6):646-62. doi: 10.1177/1090198103255366.


This article presents the findings of a study examining the evolution of a network of health and human service organizations operating in a rural community on the Southwest border. The aim of the network was to build the capacity of the community to provide chronic disease education, prevention, and treatment services by developing collaborative relationships among a broad range of organizations. The impetus for the effort was based on receipt of a Turning Point grant. The findings, based on two waves of data collected 1 year apart, demonstrate how network structure and attitudes toward collaboration evolve as a community attempts to build capacity to address its health needs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arizona
  • Chronic Disease*
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Mexico
  • Rural Health
  • United States