COACH Program Overview

The COACH Program is for coalitions and collaboratives who have already participated in HWLI's Community Teams Program. The COACH Program (Collaborating, Organizing and Advocating for Community Health) offers three-years of coaching and technical assistance to continue strengthening skills and implementing policy, systems and environmental changes that will improve health in Wisconsin communities.

 Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change

The COACH Program works with teams to increase their skills and capacity for community health improvement work and to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes in their communities. HWLI program staff work with teams to establish goals and tailor the COACH curriculum and skill building activities to help teams meet their objectives.  The COACH curriculum offers the following skill building activities:

Collaborative Leadership Skills

  • Facilitation principles: what to keep in mind while facilitating different types of meetings and groups

  • Using quality improvement

  • Understanding your team members and how to work together through Real Colors exercises

  • Coaching around conflict management and working through tough situations

  • Practices for building a learning community


Community Engagement

  • Writing a community engagement plan

  • Using community organizing to build a base and engage communities most impacted by the issues

  • Using collective impact strategies to plan for engagement and sustainability

  • Using community conversations and appreciative inquiry to learn about what your constituents need

  • Applying health equity and cultural humility to your engagement and work

  • Practicing 1-1s and how to train your coalition on this practice

Planning for Action

  • Using root cause analysis to assess which social determinants of health are impacting the health issues and strategizing to impact those in communities

  • Using action and evaluation planning templates to create manageable work plans to get things done

  • Creating benchmarks that help teams know they are getting things done toward policy, systems, and environmental changes

  • Writing sustainability plans that emphasize financial sustainability and sustainability in the community, including skills like grant writing


  • Using storytelling to disseminate activities, events, and findings that will impact the work toward policy, systems, and environmental change work

  • Framing an effective message for community health promotion

  • Working with the media to enhance presence in the community and to disseminate activities, events, and findings

  • Using social media and social marketing


For more information or questions, please contact
Alan Talaga, COACH Program Lead -