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Theory-Based Evaluation of a Cancer Control Coalition

Hyseni, Yll (2007) Theory-Based Evaluation of a Cancer Control Coalition. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Coalitions are voluntary collaborations and interactions between two or more agents that yield synergy for problem solving. Their use as means of addressing community health concerns has increased during the past decades. This study uses the Community Health Governance (CHG) model to describe and analyze the interaction between various coalition components from data derived from the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium (PAC3). The study used an already established questionnaire, designed to measure concepts of Leadership, Management, and Critical characteristics of the process, Empowerment, Synergy and Bridging Social Ties as put forth by the CHG model. An electronic invitation was sent to current PAC3 members to complete the questionnaire. Using PAC3 survey responses, I compared the association between variables using the Chi Square test of independence. A total of 162 survey responses were included in the analysis (RR=21.6). PAC3 members' Empowerment was significantly associated with three of the four Leadership measures, three of the five variables measuring the concept of Management and two of the four measures of Critical characteristics of the process (p<0.05). Member's ability to Bridge social ties showed a statistically significant association with most measures of Leadership, two of five measures of Management, and two of the four variables measuring Critical characteristics of the process (p<0.05). Synergy showed a statistically significant association with two of the four variables measuring Leadership, two of the five variables measuring Management and one of the four Critical characteristics of the process variables (p<0.05). This study reports the observed interaction of the various coalition components. It presents recommendations on potential improvement to coalition building practices and reinforces the importance of evidence based best practices. The public health significance of this study corresponds to the potential use of the study results in public health practices, such as coalition building, improvement and maintenance. Specifically regarding the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium, the study results will facilitate the fulfillments of its missions.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDocumét, Patricia Ipdocumet@pitt.eduPDOCUMET
Committee MemberKeane, Christopher Rcrkcity@pitt.eduCRKCITY
Committee MemberTalbot, Evelyn Oeot1@pitt.eduEOT1
Date: 15 February 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 8 December 2006
Approval Date: 15 February 2007
Submission Date: 8 December 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: coalitions; community health governance; evaluation research
Other ID:, etd-12082006-060030
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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