Vital Village Network: Leading Together


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"Vital Village is a network of residents and agencies committed to maximizing child, family, and community wellbeing.

As a network, our ability to achieve this mission hinges on how effectively we distribute power and meaningfully engage those who are most impacted by health disparities in Boston: community residents. Since 2010, Vital Village has been in constant pursuit of changing this narrative by lifting up, working alongside and following the lead of Boston residents.

Every project initiated, every meeting held and every data point shared by Vital Village is identified in partnership with community residents and aims to lift up existing community-led solutions through leveraging the power of our network.

Our network uses a Service Learning and Leadership Model (see diagram below) to create opportunities for every partner to advance along a leadership trajectory through strategic alliances, expanded social connections and networks, mentorship opportunities, strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and skill-expanding trainings and workshops."

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Leadership ,



  • System change: Public health transformation

  • System change: Community transformation

  • System change: Cultural transformation

  • System change: Capability development

  • Equity

  • Equity: Racism

  • People (community residents, community members with lived experience)

  • Population-centered

  • In partnership

  • Community/place

  • Broader community

  • Youth 16-24

  • Adults 18+

  • Adults 18-44

  • Adults 45-64

  • Older adults 65+

  • Older adults 65-74

  • Older adults 75-85

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