Key Requirements of a Healthy Community in Guelph

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Development of a Healthy Community

By Sarkar Sayed

Table of Contents:
Executive Summary: ……………………………………………………………………. I. Introduction ………………………………………………………………. II. Four key requirements of a healthy community i. Develop Personal Skills ………………………………………... ii. Peace and Equity ……………………………………………….. iii. Education ……………………………………………………….. iv. Employment …………………………………………………….. III. A Model of a Healthy Community: The University of Guelph …………… IV. The Future of Healthy Communities ……………………………………… V. Conclusion ………………………………………………………………… VI. Reference ………………………………………………………………… VII. Appendix ……………………………………………………………………

Executive Summary:

The development of a healthy community consists of a holistic inter-related view of social, environmental, and economic sectors that improve the health of all members of the community. In a healthy community every individual’s quality of life is maximized. Within a community, there are many key requirements a healthy community must have, I chose four I think best describe a healthy community. These include developing and improving personal skills, education, employment, peace and equity. I explain these 4 key requirements broadly than more specific using the University of Guelph community. Students at the University of Guelph can engage in activities/services where they develop leadership, problem-solving, team-building, and personal health practices that improve their personal skills, and in return improve their health. Since students are attending university, their literacy skills are improved and are more likely to understand/be aware of beneficial information (for example, health risks) which also improve their health. Their education also increases their chances of finding employment over someone without education, and since Guelph is one of the leading school in Canada, their students are more privileged. The University of Guelph is the second largest employer in Guelph, and also offers job-finding services for students. All employers working for the University of Guelph undergo regular training and education sessions on human rights, employment equity, and accessibility to make the campus a safer environment. For future references on a healthy community, a diverse and cultural environment with employment, education, peace and equity, increase citizens personal skills, although all four key requirements are inter-related. A healthy community is not only a community with an absence of disease but a community where every individual’s quality of life is maximized. It includes the complete physical, mental, sexual, spiritual and social well-being at the individual level; and everyone in the community working together to improve each other’s quality of life/health at the community level. These factors may directly or indirectly affect the health of individuals and therefore their quality of life. The direct services that may improve health includes hospitals and clinics, and in-direct services such research, planning, implementing, or evaluating health risks in order to reduce or prevent or treat illnesses. Social determinants within the community also affect the health of individuals indirectly and must also be regularly improved. Social determinants may include community members having adequate shelter, social inclusion, community participation, food, clothing, education, and equality amongst many other social determinants in which may affect their quality of life. There should be available resources as well as access to these resources for all community members regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or religion. Available resources may include a healthcare practitioner providing medical attention to an individual (direct service), or Red Cross providing first-aid training in the...
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