The work of Crossroads Coalition is centered on four areas of concentration:
- Strategic Partnership Formation
- Community Resourcing
- Community Capacity Building
- Outcome-based Programming
Strategic Partnership Formation
Crossroads Coalition has participated in numerous coalition and collaborative efforts to address the health needs of South Suburban Cook County residents. These collaborative partners include businesses, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, state agencies, and local governments. The aim of these collaborative partnerships is to combine knowledge, skills, capabilities, assets, and resources to effectively advocate for policies and programs; facilitate/coordinate health and social services; and empower people with access to quality healthcare. Crossroads Coalition’s approach to collaboration with these diverse groups is through shared information, planning, and program development.
Crossroads Coalition is a driving force and lead agency for securing funding to address the health needs of targeted communities. Since its founding, Crossroads Coalition has been a conduit for accessing thousands of dollars in foundation and government grant funding related to health disparities. Additionally, Crossroads Coalition links communities to vital health information, materials, and needed health/social services.
Community Capacity Building
Crossroads Coalition has an extensive history of providing technical support and training to build the capacity of organizations. Capacity building activities include skills training, train-the-trainer programs, organizational development, program development, and network building. As a part of its capacity building initiative, Crossroads Coalition co-organized and provided capacity building support to the Southland Ministerial Health Network, with the goal of developing an infrastructure for/in the faith community to engage in health promotion activities.
Crossroads Coalition develops and implements programs that are designed to produce impacts/benefits/changes to individuals and communities. The outcomes sought by Crossroads Coalition programs are:
All programs developed by Crossroads Coalition operates from a logic model that links inputs and services to output, that result in the desired short, medium and long-term outcomes.
- Increased knowledge
- Changes in attitudes and values
- Increased skills
- Modified behaviors
- Improved conditions
- Improved quality of life
- Increased service delivery effectiveness