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Seven Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being
The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying levers for community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce population well-being. This framework helps users consider the properties of places and institutions that all people need all the time to be healthy and well. This framework advances a collaborative, cross-sector approach to improving community health and well-being and helps identify where and how to invest in communities to yield better results over time.
Our freedom to thrive depends on having a consistent set of vital conditions, such as clean air, fair pay, humane housing, early education, routine health care, and other basic necessities. Personal experiences may rise and fall from birth to death. However, vital conditions persist over generations. They shape the exposures, choices, opportunities, and adversities that we each encounter throughout our lives.
Each vital condition is distinct and indispensable. Together, they form an interdependent system that shapes opportunities for people and places to thrive. If any vital condition is denied or otherwise unfulfilled serious adversity can accumulate, revealing itself in excess rates of illness, unemployment, housing distress, food insecurity, loneliness, and more.
The Seven Vital Conditions
Explore the Seven Vital Conditions
Below, you'll see a sample of the data that build out the Vital Conditions framework via the embedded IP3 | Assess spotlight screen. The seven vital conditions make up each of the seven domains below, and there are a series of indicators that populate each domain. The value column shows the actual value of the statistic for the selected geography, and the score column allows for an apples-to-apples comparison of the vital conditions and the indicators that populate them by showing a z-score analysis of the value as compared to a state or national benchmark. Click the arrow to the left of each domain to see the detailed indicator list drop-down under each domain, and hover over the (i) button to read a description of each indicator.
The below data describe the state of Alabama, as an example, and you can use the drop-down to the right of the Area box to explore other states we've loaded into this embedded spotlight screen. Watch this overview video to learn more.
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