The Potential of Partnerships for Health Advocacy and Policy Change: The Legacy of the Partnership for the Public’s Health Initiative

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  • This article reports on a study of 11 partnerships between public health departments and community organizations that were funded by The California Endowment to support advocacy and organizing to improve health outcomes in the communities.
  • The evaluation examined the sustainability of the partnerships as well as the policy and advocacy work of the organizations.
  • Almost 90 percent of the activities in policy change and community capacity building was sustained, whereas partnership and health department capacity building activities were the least likely to be sustained.
  • The policy change legacies at the community level were strong and included empowerment of community members, the creation of healthier environments, increased access to services, and increased focus on health by local governments.

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