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Glossary of Terminology


Community Action Model (CAM): The CAM is asset-based and focuses on the strengths or capacity of a community to create changes from within. The CAM moves away from projects that focus solely on changing individual lifestyle and behavior to projects that mobilize community members and agencies to change environmental factors promoting economic and environmental inequalities.

Community Action Team (CAT): Community Action Team (CAT) members are recruited and trained to develop skills, increase knowledge and build capacity. The participants will use this knowledge and skills to design and implement an action.

Action: In the Community Action Model, an action refers to the series of steps resulting in an outcome that is achievable, long-term, sustainable, and compels another entity to do something to change the environment for the well being of all.

Activity: An activity is an educational intervention that leads up to and supports an action.