How a Good Health Creates a Vibrant Community

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern

doctor-563428_1920From time to time, every person has to deal with a health issue. It could be something as simple as the common cold, or it could be something more serious that requires medical attention. In any case, though, it is most people’s goal to feel healthy again. What does “health” really encompass though? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is not simply the “absence of illness; it is also the ability of people to develop their potential during their entire lives.” When you think about health in this way, it becomes easier to see how health is so much larger than just one person. In fact, it could affect one’s entire community and how it operates.

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“…how can the community work at full capacity if a number of members in their community aren’t able to participate?”

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Illness of almost any kind can often keep people from the things they want to or need to do – jobs, school and community events are just a few examples. When these hinderances occur, the community’s economic development can be stalled. Jobs that need to be performed for the community to work go undone. Students are forced to miss important lessons and social experiences. A community event may have missed a great opportunity or opinion in that sick person being there. All these things help show why maintaining good health is so important – how can the community work at full capacity if a number of members in their community aren’t able to participate?

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“Traditionally, those with a lower socioeconomic status have less access to information on their health, and therefore fall ill in cases where it may be avoidable.”

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Another issue is teaching members of the community how to help better maintain their health. It has been shown in many studies and articles that socioeconomic status also plays into community member’s health. Traditionally, those with a lower socioeconomic status have less access to information on their health, and therefore fall ill in cases where it may be avoidable. It makes sense for community economic development groups to reach out to these families in need and also be a resource on health information.

At the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Association’s (NACEDA) upcoming Annual Summit, they want to link health and community economic development, and help people understand how the health of each individual can determine the vibrancy of their community.

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“The symposium will start at the beginning with the basics of the social determinants of health, describe concrete examples of successful local community development models and identify strategies and opportunities that can leverage both policy and partnerships to influence place-based strategies for improving health and wellness.”

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nacedalogo416x120Community Development and the Determinants of Health Symposium is a one day event happening during their annual summit intends to do just that. The event is designed for both public health officials and community economic development leaders. The symposium will start at the beginning with the basics of the social determinants of health, describe concrete examples of successful local community development models and identify strategies and opportunities that can leverage both policy and partnerships to influence place-based strategies for improving health and wellness.

Community Development and the Determinants of Health Symposium will take place August 30, 2016, from 9am to 5pm in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information on registration, the event itself or the agenda, click here.