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Social Support

A concept that is incorporated into health promotion interventions- which can be instrumental, informational, emotional, or appraising. Involves community engagement in the form of fostering a social network.

Health Indicators

A measurable characteristic that describes: the health of a population, determinants of health, healthcare access, cost, quality, and use.


Patients, doctors, nurses, community health workers, and reseachers working together to achieve a healthier and more effective health care work environment.

Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of … Read more

Community Partnered Participatory Research

A branch of Community Based Participatory Research that emphasizes true power sharing and collaboration in all phases of research.

Community Engaged Research

A collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.

Health Equities

Attainment of the highest level of health for all people.

Health Disparities

Preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.

Population Health

The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.

Context Sensitivity

Investigators must use an interpretive framework to understand why people come to be exposed to certain risks or preventative factors. A determination of the social conditions which cause individual risk to arise.

Evidence Based Intervention

An intervention that has been proven to show some sort of effective result in remedying a problem.

Rural Communities

Areas with lower population density than big cities. Rural areas have high rates of poverty, unemployment, and inequity compared to urban areas.

Health Outcome

Changes in health that result from measures or specific health care investments.

Community-Academic Partnerships

Academic institutions collaborate with various community organizations in order to provide information and integrate within the community to promote and develop health policy in order to boost overall community health.

Community Health Partnerships

Public health officials, healthcare workers, business owners, public servants, and other community members working together to promote improved population health.

Power Sharing

Minimizing power imbalances between researchers, subjects, academics, community health workers, and social workers by facilitating equitable dialogue and practices.

Community Based Participatory Research

Collaborative approach to research that engages all levels of the community/research team to draw on different strengths. The overall goal is to promote social change and to improve the health of the community.

Community Engagement

Involving people in a specific area with local redevelopment. This is simple to say but difficult to do: success will be achieved through a range of approaches and activities, and on a sliding scale of involvement that ranges from giving … Read more