A broad-based community-wide coalition is a structural necessity for the ACC. As a structural component, a community coalition is a mechanism for addressing complex health issues at a local level. The ACC involves collaborative partnerships of diverse members working together toward the common goal of improving the health of the community, by affording the community the opportunity to combine and leverage resources from multiple sources. These collaborations enable greater breadth of scope and depth of responses to intractable problems impacting the health of our communities.
In addition to leveraging and increasing access to resources, the ACC coalition offers many other advantages that make collaboration an asset for individuals, organizations and communities. By mobilizing relevant resources around a specific goal, the opportunity to coordinate services and limit duplication of parallel or competing efforts is improved.