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Community Services Supporting Health

  • By: Augusta M. Villanueva
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Community services supporting health can be defined as the network of systems and structures that correspondingly facilitate their comprehensive design, implementation, and evaluation while assisting communities enhance the health and well-being of families. When these systems and structures are designed and maintained with a view toward meeting the needs of those that use them, an essential public health function can be attained on behalf of all families. Implicit in the existence of well-integrated systems and structures contributing not only to the health but also the well-being of families is the recognition that health promotion can help families lead healthier lives. This entry reviews the conditions needed to facilitate the emergence of a continuum of community services likely to enhance the health and well-being of ...

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