Social and Community Context

Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. The connections you have to your community and those around you can have a big impact on your overall health and wellbeing.  To understand how social and community context impacts your health it’s important to look at conditions such as: 

  • Social Support
  • Social Cohesion
  • Community Engagement
  • Discrimination and Equity
  • Incarceration

Many people are surprised to learn that your social and community context are more likely to impact your health than health behaviors. Communities or groups who have ready access to social connections, experience less discrimination and have lower rates of incarceration, and those who can easily participate in the political process have better outcomes.

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