Community Organizing

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”— Frederick Douglass

How can public health advocates overcome the resistance, opposition and even hostility that we often face from powerful established interests in our community?

The tobacco control movement has succeeded in passing hundreds of local tobacco control policies by learning how to bring people together to advocate for their own communities. The tools we offer below will teach you the skills you need to bring community residents together to create one voice for change and to generate support from policy makers for public health protections in your community.

Community organizing encompasses a variety of techniques, tools, and tactics, which we have grouped together as phases for you. Use these specific tools in each phase to help your coalition or campaign team strategize and become more effective. Click below for information on and tools for each phase: