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Learning From Coalitions' Efforts to Promote Equity and Justice.

  • Author(s): Christens, Brian D
  • Butterfoss, Frances Dunn
  • Minkler, Meredith
  • Wolff, Tom
  • Francisco, Vincent T
  • Kegler, Michelle C
  • et al.

Coalitions and collaboratives are working to address many of the most pressing contemporary health and social issues. The articles in this special issue provide numerous insights into these complex collaborative processes across different contexts and focal issues. All emphasize and scrutinize the strategies that groups are using in their work. These strategies seek to navigate not only conventional notions of effectiveness but also the challenges of pursuing greater equity and justice. In this concluding article, we distill some of the key insights from these articles as a collective. This special issue on collaborating for equity and justice can serve as a launching point for new efforts by coalitions and researchers pursuing policy, systems, and structural changes, particularly those intent on addressing root causes of health and social disparities.

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