Evaluating Community Capacity to Address Obesity in the Dan River Region: A Case Study

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Objective: To qualitatively evaluate community capacity among an emerging coalition initiated to address complex regional obesity problems. Methods: Guided by dimensions of community capacity, this case study applies semistructured qualitative interviews among 12 key stakeholders engaged in the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community (DRPHC). Results: In-depth qualitative data reveals important contextualized information related to community capacity dimensions such as participation, community power, resources, leadership, organizational structure, and partnership. Conclusion: Findings have provided critical direction for the continued development and sustainability of DRPHC efforts. Others could apply a similar evaluation to better understand factors that promote the development and maintenance of their coalitions.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.2.8

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biomedical and Veterinary Science/Population Health Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA., USA, motleym@vt.edu 2: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA., USA 3: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA 4: Department Manager, Pittsylvania County/Danville District, Virginia Department of Health, Danville, VA, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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