What is the Community Health Initiative?
Health is “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” as defined by the World Health Organization. Being healthy is the result of many factors experienced during a lifelong process and refers to the overall condition of a person’s body at any point in time.
The public health perspective assumes that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy, but that is not always possible. Disparities in our society do exist and have a significant impact on the health of an individual, a community, or other-defined groups.
The primary focus of the Community Health Initiative of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley is for collaborative partners to work together to improve access to mental health services while reducing the stigma of mental health, reducing chronic disease by promoting healthy habits and lifestyles while removing obstacles to health care, preventing injuries and violence, and decreasing alcohol misuse.
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