No one organization can fully address the needs of the poor and underserved. The most effective community-based health programs draw on a wide array of partnerships—from public sector entities and NGOs to academic institutions and individual volunteers. These relationships have at their core a mutual benefit and a shared investment in stated goals. To succeed and grow over time, partnerships must be tended to carefully, with clear and frequent communication among all parties. The unit discusses the variety of forms partnerships take and how they can help the community you serve.


  1.     Assessing organizational needs
  2.     Initiating work with partners
  3.     Partnering with the public sector
  4.     Partnering with nongovernmental organizations
  5.     Partnering with technical experts
  6.     Partnering with funders
  7.     Partnering with volunteers
  8.     Partnering with academic institutions
  9.     Developing strategies for working with partners