Evaluating community capacity to address obesity in the Dan River region: A case study

Monica Motley, Ashley Holmes, Jennie Hill, Kathryn Plumb, Jamie Zoellner

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Coalition
  • Community capacity
  • Community coalition action theory
  • Community-based participatory Research
  • Obesity
  • Qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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