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Community Resources for Families Related to Health

  • By: Jin Young Choi
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Having symbolic and tangible influences on families, communities offer various types of resources for families in need. These resources, defined broadly, include natural, economic, social, and human resources available in the community. More specifically related to family health, community resources indicate any agencies, organizations, programs, or individuals that deliver health services to the family as well as social support and social capital. Community resources that are available to families have the potential for being helpful when families are in need. These resources contribute to prevent, maintain, and promote the health of families. Families who access and utilize community resources are better able to prevent and cope with life stressors and have positive health outcomes. Following a brief introduction for emerging importance of community resources ...

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