The Urban Health Initiative Executive Sessions

Serving as a bridge between the academic research community and practitioners, these two-day seminars hosted at Harvard University convened expert researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who shared their ideas and lessons from the field about how to build successful regional coalitions to bring about a lasting change in the way we tackle persistent poverty and inequality. The discussion focused on several themes including: What are the most effective strategies for building successful coalitions? What issues are important to consider in building cross-class and multiracial collaborations? What can current research tell us about the roles collaboration builders and important intermediaries play in creating the most enduring and successful coalitions? How do you translate research into actionable policies?

These were closed-door sessions, which allowed participants to talk openly and frankly about the issues they faced and to learn from one another about ways to solve problems.

The insights gleaned from these intensive sessions are as applicable today as they were then. The proceedings were summarized in a number of policy briefs, which provide an overview of key considerations.

Policy Briefs

Fatherhood, May 1999Youth Violence in Urban Communities, May 2000After-School Time, May 2001Building Coalitions to Bring About Change, December 2001Strategies to Ensure the Continued Success of Large-Scale Initiatives, December 2002Getting (and Keeping) Your Slice of the Pie, May 2003Institutionalizing Systems Change: Spotlight on the Sites, December 2003Fielding Large Scale Community Change Initiatives: Key Lessons From a Decade of Systems Change, May 2005