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The theme for this virtual event was “Centering in Truth, Activating Community Healing & Resiliency“. The national Community Action Partnership deeply believes that “othering”, particularly racism, rests at the nucleus of poverty in America. We also believe that equitable opportunities can only be built and sustained by centering ourselves in this truth. To that end, the Equity Summit showcased voices and expressions that activate healing and resiliency in local communities. The Summit took place April 20-21, 2021 and Pre-Summit Healing Circles took place April 19, 2021.



 Become centered in key concepts like racial equity, systematic racism, health equity, belonging, gender equity, and immigration justice.

 Engage in peer learning to develop and strengthen understanding of equity, belonging, power, resilience, and social and economic mobility.

 Connect organizations advancing equity, particularly racial equity.


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Review the schedule of events for the Partnership’s National Community Action Equity Summit! This event features a collection of dynamic speakers, plenaries and breakout sessions to choose from. Download the program book to see for yourself!

Click here to download the program book.


Patrick Anderson, Acting CEO, Rural Alaska CAP, Inc.

Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr., Commissioner, Cambridge Police Department

Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General & Healthcare Disparity Expert

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Women’s Forum

Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Mr. Gary Cunningham, President and CEO, Prosperity Now

Alan Curtis, Founding President and CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation

Libero Della Piana, Senior Strategist, Alliance for a Just Society

Bryan Duncan, CCAP, NCRT, Chairman of National Board, National Community Action Partnership

Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Maria Elena de la Garza, Executive Director, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

LeeAnn Hall, Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society

Dr. Lanikque Howard, Director in the Office of Community Services, ACF, US DHHS

Dana Jones, former CEO and President, United Planning Organization

Dr. Raquel Hatter, Managing Director, Human Services, Kresge Foundation

LeAnn Littlewolf, Senior Program Officer, Northland Foundation

Dr. Michael McAfee, President and CEO, PolicyLink

Richard Rothstein, Author, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Jerry Tello, Healer, Educator and Co-founder of the National Compadres Network

Michael Wenger, Senior Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities and Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Sociology, The George Washington University

Tia Taylor Williams, Director, Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association


Download this report for a recap and outline of the National Community Action Equity Summit and its objectives, along with curated resources from the Partnership’s Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC) team.



Core values of the national Community Action Partnership are equity and respect. Partnership members and event participants are expected to foster an inclusive, cooperative environment where all are welcomed, open dialogue is encouraged and all perspectives are appreciated.

Every member and event participant is expected to act in a professional, responsible and respectful manner while engaged in Partnership events and activities. Unprofessional behavior, including disparaging comments and unwelcome conduct related to sex, race, color, gender, age, disability, orientation or religion, will not be tolerated.

If any member or event participant engages in unprofessional behavior, Partnership leadership may take any action it deems appropriate, ranging from a simple warning to the offender to expulsion from current and future activities.

The Partnership’s intent is to foster the respectful behavior embodied in the Code of Conduct. Partnership staff will be happy to help event participants with Code of Conduct concerns.