Who are the individuals and organizations that can contribute meaningfully to local efforts to reduce readmissions? What are their collective assets? What power do they have together? What power do they need? This lesson introduces actor analyses, asset based community development and power mapping to identify and recruit strategic leaders, patients and caregivers. The mapping approach enables us to leverage our limited resources by building an intentional relational strategy to engage those who, together, can align assets and exercise influence.


  1. Explain why and how we map actors and assets to build power within a community
  2. Construct a map of actors & assets – and their values, interests and resources
  3. Analyze power and relationships between actors within community context.
  4. Identify the characteristics and/or assets of leaders we really need from within local communities