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Amplifying and catalyzing innovative health equity& civic health programs and initiatives in Wisconsin.

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People are always talking about empowerment and empowering people and communities. And while the intention behind the word is good, it assumes that people don't already inherently have power.  Embolden WI recognizes that while people truly do have the power to radically imagine a better future and to create community-driven systems change, we often lack the curiosity, connection, and courage to harness and apply that power.

EMBOLDEN means to impart boldness or courage : to instill with boldness, courage, or resolution enough to overcome timidity or misgiving. Embolden WI is here to serve as a home for innovative health equity and civic health advocacy projects. We envision healthy, vibrant, equitable, and socially justice communities and to achieve this, we are here to amplify and catalyze programs and initiatives to improve health outcomes, health equity, and civic health.


Projects & Partners powered by embolden


Engaging Communities to Change Health Outcomes (ECCHO) centers the voices and lived experiences of BIPOC women and non-binary people to drive policy change and transform local systems of power.

PATCH Teen Educators

The Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program is an innovative, youth-driven program working to improve adolescents' health and well-being. 


As a sponsored partner, Roots4Change Cooperative is working to improve the maternal and child health landscape in Dane County by providing resources and information to empower families and challenge the system.

Building Families Alliance

The Building Families Alliance is proposing fertility-friendly legislation in Wisconsin and providing networking opportunities for patient advocates and fertility professionals in their quest to build a family.  

Health Equity & Civic Health

At the heart of Embolden WI is the commitment to health equity and civic health.

  • Health equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health

  • Civic health relates to the way that communities are organized to define and address public problems.


By focusing on health equity and civic health, we proudly recognize the powerful opportunity we all have to holistically and sustainably improve the wellbeing of all individuals through just and fair systems informed by and driven by community. 

Embolden wi Board of directors


Tekema Balentine, President


Adrian Jones


Heather Champagne, Vice President


Ayden Prehara, Secretary

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Daksha Howard


Kathy Waligora, Treasurer

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