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Table 3 Initial goals set out by the COSACO steering committee at the inaugural meeting

From: Coalicion de Salud Comunitaria (COSACO): using a Healthy Community Partnership framework to integrate short-term global health experiences into broader community development

1. Create a database of institutions that work in communities including work statistics
2. Involve the community in all aspects of collaboration in a participatory manner and respect their autonomy and culture
3. Educate and empower the community to be self-sustaining
4. Define a set of indicators to measure the success and impact of collaboration
5. Increase awareness of the work of COSACO among health authorities, organized groups and the community at large and solicit their support and collaboration.