Scoring Rubric

The Community Advisory Council will review and score each Nomination Form based on the rubric below. Nominees that are ranked highest during the scoring process will move on for further consideration by the Community Advisory Council. A nominee's score will be a key factor used by the Community Advisory Council to select zones, however it is not the only determining factor. Final selections will also be based upon geographic considerations, community readiness and ability to identify areas of support, demonstrated need, and potential impact of becoming a health equity zone.

Scoring Category

Possible Points

Community support

  •  Engaged the community in the decision to be nominated as a health equity zone
  • Approach to engaging the community demonstrates intentional outreach to those most impacted by inequity (see zone selection priorities) 

  • Illustrates broad reaching support from community members, organizations, and/or institutions


Centers community 

  • Describes the community being nominated, including key characteristics, strengths, and challenges 
  • Description of the community centers the experiences of those most impacted by inequity (see zone selection priorities)
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the systemic contributors to the community’s inequities, such as historic and contemporary injustices, structural racism, and intersectionality* 
  • Highlights the experiences of community members by using stories, examples, and/or data 


Envisions collaboration

  • Describes existing or new partnerships in the community, including coalitions, collaboratives, grassroots formations, and/or community councils and working groups 

  • Provides examples of how partnerships would be utilized if selected as a health equity zone

  • Shows the ability to envision a Community Collaborative of community members and organizations working together to improve the health of their community 

  • Description of collaboration is not focused on the needs or goals of a single organization or institution
  • Illustrates the community's innovativeness to address inequities


Prioritizes equity

  • Interest in community nomination is rooted in advancing health equity or the ability for all community members to thrive
  • Identifies inequity(ies) in the proposed zone that impacted communities want to address

  • Identifies intermediate and/or long-term benefits to being a health equity zone

  • Demonstrates a visionary perspective to create systems change for future generations


Total Points


*Historic and contemporary injustices refers to wrong-doings committed in the past or present that continue to have a lasting impact.

Structural racism refers to a system of policies, institutions, and practices that work together to create and reinforce racism.  

Intersectionality refers to the ways in which systems of inequality based on race, class, gender identity, disability and other forms of discrimination interact to create unique patterns of oppression.


Point Scale 

(0) No Score = Criteria Not Met At All

      (1) Incomplete = Criteria Partially Met

      (2) Average = Criteria Met

      (3) Above Average = Criteria Exceeded