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The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership charts a pathway to strengthen and transform our local democracies. Leaders across multiple sectors, such as community-based organizations, local governments, philanthropic partners, and facilitative leaders trusted by communities, can use this spectrum to assess and revolutionize community engagement efforts to advance community-driven solutions.

  • Self-care: Activities that help you find meaning, and that support your growth & groundedness


  • Community care: Workarounds for systems that don’t inherently support care


  • Structural care: Systems that support community care, self-care AND self-soothing


Anti-Racism is the active process of identifying, challenging, and changing the values, structures, and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism.

Black, Indigenous, and (Other) People of Color (BIPOC) or racialized groups  is the term used in this tool to address communities most impacted by structural racism and the root causes of health inequities.

Power is the ability to define, set, or change situations. It can manifest as personal or collective self-determination, and is defined by the ability to influence others to believe, behave, or adopt desired values.

Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial identity no longer factored into health and wellbeing. Racial equity is inclusive of gender, class, ability, and sexuality.

Racism, as defined by Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is a system of structuring opportunity, which assigns value based on race, disadvantaging People of Color while offering advantage to White people, hindering the realization of the full potential of the whole society through the waste of human resources.

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