Why is This Important?
Neighborhood characteristics, social factors, and opportunities to engage in healthy activities are among the most important factors shaping community health. Just as toxic substances in and around homes can directly impact residents' health, so does the width of sidewalks, proximity to parks and grocery stores and the availability of affordable housing. Social factors such as class, culture, race, and education are also key drivers determining the amount of stress or security individuals experience, the neighborhoods where they live, and the opportunities available to engage in healthy behaviors, all factors that result in health inequities by race/ethnicity and income.
What is a Sustainable State?
A sustainable state is one where all people have the opportunity to live a healthy and long life and the prevalence of preventable disease decreases over time. A sustainable state is achieved when where you live and who you are does not determine how healthy you are or how long you will live.