Foundations of Community Engagement

Advancing Community Engagement in Public Health Practice

This toolkit defines core concepts related to health equity, mental models, power mapping, and youth development and applies those learnings to community engagement activities with the goal of broadening public health practitioners’ mental models to integrate approaches that intentionally include community voice and build community power.

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Module 1

Health Equity Core Concepts

In this module, we will build a shared understanding of health equity and deepen our ability to identify or recognize root causes for inequities that exist in the communities we serve.

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Health Equity Core Concepts


Health Resources in Action
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Montana Public Health Institute
National Network of Public Health Institutes