A stakeholder analysis of community-led collaboration to reduce health inequity in a deprived neighbourhood in South Korea

Hyun Hee Heo, Woojin Jeong, Xian Hua Che, Haejoo Chung

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Intersectoral collaboration amongst health and other sectors, as well as between government and non-governmental organisations, has been highlighted as a way to improve health equity. We used a mixed-methods approach to assess collaborative relationships between multiple government sectors and civil society and to suggest possible health promotion interventions and policy alternatives for the urban poor in deprived neighborhoods. A total of 18 participants involved in health promotion interventions and policy processes related to the inner-city area of Seoul were recruited using purposive sampling methods. Participants included stakeholders working for or engaging in governments (3), public health care institutions (5), social service providers (3), community-based organisations (CBOs) (4) and faith-based organisations (3). We conducted semi-structured, one-on-one interviews and then collected survey data. Quantitative data were analysed using social network analysis, and qualitative data were analysed through iterative and consensus processes. The social network analysis indicated that a CBO plays the most substantial role in sharing and controlling informational resources to promote health. A stakeholder analysis showed that the CBO neutrally and negatively viewed the possibility of collaboration with other stakeholders. Three themes related to challenges to intersectoral collaboration emerged: (1) lack of trust and communication, (2) need of a coalition with a committed leading actor for future collaboration and (3) organisational and political silos within and across public sectors. Increased understanding of the current status of and challenges to collaboration can inform the planning and implementation of complex intervening strategies and policies tailored to vulnerable people in deprived neighborhoods. Community-led collaborative actions empower people in marginalised communities to envision a healthier community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Health Promotion Fund, Ministry of Health & Welfare (15-12) and in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (NRF-2016S1A3A2923475), Republic of Korea.

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© The Author(s) 2018.


  • capacity building (including competencies)
  • collaboration
  • community action
  • community-based organisation
  • health inequity
  • intersectoral collaboration
  • partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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