What is Community Health and Wellness?
Community Health is a field within public health that focuses on studying, protecting, and improving health within a community.¹
Community Wellbeing is the combination of environmental, social, economic, cultural, and political conditions that affect a community and its wellbeing. All of these factors, and more, determine a communities ability to flourish and for individuals within this community to be healthy.²
“Working at the community level promotes healthy living, helps prevent chronic diseases and brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people in need,” reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.³
What Are Ways to Get Involved?
- Athens Community Council on Aging: ACCA's mission is to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education, and support. Each year, ACCA provides service to more than 16,000 aging individuals and engages more than 200 volunteers.
- Shifa Clinic: Shifa Clinic's mission is to provide free healthcare services to those under-insured in the Athens area. Through its clinic, it looks to uplift the underserved in the Athens community through health clinics, refugee services, network of shelters, and more!
- Clarke County Health Department: The Northeast Health District is comprised of 18 clinics within a 10 county region. The goal of the Northeast Health District is to offer free or low-cost services to all people within the area and to promote a healthy lifestyle among all members of the community. There is a wide variety of programs and services provided by the Health Department, make sure to check them all out!
- Polozkova, Veronika. “Community Health: Definition & Care.” Study.com, study.com/academy/lesson/community-health-definition-care.html.
- “What Is Community Wellbeing?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/community/what-community-wellbeing.
- “NCCDPHP: Community Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Nov. 2017, www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/about/index.htm.