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Conditions for Health & Well-Being: Properties of places and institutions
that we all depend on to be healthy and well. Vital conditions persist over
generations. Seven major categories of vital conditions strongly shape the
exposures, choices, opportunities, and adversities that each of us encounter on
day one and throughout our lives.
signs like heart rate, temperature, and weight tell us what is going in our
body. Likewise, the vital conditions that we inherit from our predecessors and,
in turn, confer to future generations tell us about the prospects for health
and well-being as a community, a country, and an extended human family.
vital condition is distinct and indispensable unto itself; and they work
together as a system to produce our legacies of health and well-being over
time. They are inseparable parts of a multi-faceted whole.
This framework helps users consider the properties of places and institutions that all people need all the time to be healthy and well.
Application of this framework identifies which vital conditions to invest in to yield better results over time. This framework should be used among those looking for a holistic, cross-sector approach to improving community health and well-being.
Originated by Rethink Health, the Vital Conditions for Well-Being framework is being advanced through the Well-Being in the Nation (WIN) Network. Indicators included were selected through a collaborative process with WIN partners and further refined by the IP3 team for relevance, granularity, recency, and other factors.