“Health is a state of complete mental, social, and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– World Health Organization, 1948
Many factors impact health . . . viruses, bacteria, stress, diet, injury, and environmental exposure. Our health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources available in our communities; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships.
These social determinants of health help explain why some communities are healthier than others and why some people are not as healthy as they could be. They explain why some people have higher risks of illness and death, worse health outcomes, and a poorer quality of life. They explain why some communities have limited access to holistic, traditional, or culturally competent care.
We are experts in the development and management of health and human service programs that reduce health disparities and improve the well-being of communities of color. We work with faith, community, and governmental partners to ensure that there multiple avenues to address physical, mental, and spiritual health.