National Prevention Strategy


Characteristics of Successful Collaboration

State and territorial health agencies enhance their ability to improve health and strengthen prevention efforts by collaborating with other partners. Below are examples that highlight various approaches that agencies have leveraged to promote health and wellness in their state. These examples also serve to provide partners with ideas for how to collaborate with their state health agency.

 Identify shared goals


Identify shared goals and co-benefits across sectors to build trust, enable partnerships, and share successes and leverage them for ongoing work.

 Engage partners early


Engage partners early and develop relationships; these efforts are essential in the planning, project development, or policy process.

 Define a common language


Define a common language across and within sectors to help remove communication barriers and allow partners to coordinate efforts around a place rather than a sector or agency.

 Activate the community


Activate the community to help frame the conversation and obtain community buy-in for planned approaches that make health a priority.

 Leverage funding


Leverage funding from complementary programs to support cross-agency efforts.


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