Developing Measures to Assess the Quality and Nature of Health Care Coalition Relationships: The Healthcare Coalition PARTNER Tool

PrintThe National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) is intended to galvanize efforts to ensure that the nation is prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health incidents with potentially negative health consequences.  This project seeks to develop and validate measures to assess the nature and quality of relationships among organizational members of healthcare coalitions participating in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). To foster and maintain effective healthcare coalitions that can bolster national health security, measures and tools are needed to determine if the coalition is working effectively. In this project, the PARTNER tool was modified to measure HPP coalitions. The results are summarized in this final report (LINK).  This report should be of interest to a range of national health security stakeholders, including federal, state, and local governments; healthcare providers; businesses, academia, and nonprofits; and communities, and individuals. This work was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under Contract HHSP233200800565G. The research was conducted in RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation. A profile of RAND Health, abstracts of its publications, and ordering information can be found at​


Funded By
The Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (HHS, ASPR)

Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks

Project Partners
RAND (Anita Chandra)