Building effective partnerships to improve birth outcomes by reducing obesity: The B'more Fit for healthy babies coalition of Baltimore

Robin Truiett-Theodorson, Stacey Tuck, Janice V. Bowie, Amber C. Summers, Jodi Kelber-Kaye

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Abstract

Obesity affects a large percentage of Baltimore City's population with repercussions on maternal health and birth outcomes. Approaches to ameliorate its impact must be comprehensive and include stakeholder involvement at all levels of influence including policy makers, service providers, and community residents. In this article, we examine the evolution of the B'more Fit for Healthy Babies Coalition in Baltimore, Maryland, with a specific focus on how the public health alliance was formed, the strategies employed, and how partners continually evaluated themselves. This study offers the opportunity to understand the extent and complexity undergirding the collaborative processes of community coalitions as they strive to find innovative solutions to major public health concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume51
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Coalition building and assessment
  • Gender-based analysis
  • Infant mortality
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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