The stability of homes and the conditions in which communities exist have an enormous influence on the opportunities available that determine life expectancy and health. This priority works to improve systems of care across clinical and community based services and provides opportunities to address social factors such as access to affordable housing, healthy food options, employment opportunities, and quality education, all which can play a role in a host of health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
The health of communities and individuals has a lot to do with where people live; where they work, learn, spend time with their families, and interact with each other in shared public spaces. This priority supports healthy inclusive spaces and places in settings like childcare, daycare, public parks, playgrounds and after school programs. Creating healthy environments through partnerships can bring forward health, equity, and dignity in public spaces that help to unite communities and provide everyone with opportunities for good health.
Community engagement is the cornerstone of the work we do. Lifting community voices, building capacity, and harnessing the collective of community strengthens their abilities to shape the policies, services and programs that affect them directly. This strategy requires leveraging resources and partners with community to drive locally determined solutions and policies that influence systems, services and practices in order to create equitable conditions that improve overall community health well-being.