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Engaging Stakeholders

There are many potential partners that can contribute to planning and implementing obesity prevention programs. Some suggested types of stakeholders that might be invited to take part in rural collaborations are provided in Table 2-2. For additional information on rural partners, see Identifying and Engaging Possible Partners in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Table 2-2: Examples of Potential Partners for Rural Obesity Prevention Programs

  • Academic Institutions
  • Area Health Education Centers
  • Business Organizations
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Charitable Groups
  • Civic Events Groups
  • Community Colleges
  • Cultural Groups
  • Disability/Special Needs Groups
  • Education Groups
  • Elderly Groups
  • Elected Officials
  • Environmental Groups
  • Family Support Groups
  • Fire Departments
  • For-Profit Businesses
  • Foundations
  • Health Advocacy and Fitness Groups
  • Heritage Groups
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Media
  • Men's Groups
  • Mentoring Groups
  • Neighborhood Block Clubs
  • Neighborhood Groups
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Parks and Recreation Departments
  • Police Departments
  • Public Health Departments
  • Recreation Groups
  • Religious Groups
  • Schools
  • Service Clubs
  • Social Groups
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Transit Authorities
  • Universities
  • USDA Cooperative Extension
  • Women's Groups

Source: Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity
Kretzmann, J. & McKnight, J.; Asset-Based Community Development Institute, School of Education and Social Policy; Northwestern University, 2005