Achieving a “Broad View of Health”: Findings From the California Healthy Cities and Communities Evaluation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Robert E. Aronson, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Promoting a “broad view of health” is an important objective of the healthy cities movement, including recognition of the powerful role that social relations and living conditions play in the health of community members. This article presents a quantitative approach to assessing consensus and change in ideas about health determinants among local coalition members. A ranking of five determinants of health in the form of paired comparisons was included in a survey of coalition members of 20 local healthy communities projects in California. Findings revealed conflicting views among members in the planning year, with some respon-dents emphasizing the role of social factors and living conditions and others emphasizing the role of health care and lifestyle decisions. Data collected at the end of the funded intervention showed movement toward a broader view of health, with greater consensus on this view in select communities.

Additional Information

Publication
Aronson RE, Norton BL, and Kegler MC. (2007). Achieving a “Broad View of Health”: Findings From the California Healthy Cities and Communities Evaluation, Health Education and Behavior, 34(3): 441-452. DOI: 10.1177/1090198106289000
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
Healthy Cities, views of health, determinants of health, evaluation