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Basic Needs for Health & Safety as a Vital Condition


Physical and mental well-being starts with access to fresh air and water, nutritious food, and the security of a stable home. People also need healthy relationships - with freedom to express gender and sexuality - and a life free from violence, injury, and toxic stress. Access to routine and critical health care is also an important factor to maintaining health and well-being.

The ability for many American's to have their Basic Needs for Health & Safety met has been severely compromised during the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis. Half of the U.S. workforce is facing layoffs, and as a result, things like paying monthly rent and buying groceries have become more difficult for families. Lack of basic needs has led to higher levels of domestic violence, toxic stress, mental health problems, and other poor health outcomes. The loss of so many jobs has decreased access to healthcare, including mental health services, and has put people at risk for financially crippling medical bills. Community support systems have risen to meet some needs, but new ideas and better public policies are essential for the United States to recover and prosper moving forward.

Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America

This new report is a joint project of the CDC Foundation and Well Being Trust, coordinated with Community Initiatives and ReThink Health. The report acknowledges that we are now struggling and suffering through profound losses and ghastly experiences of systemic racism. Our resilience and humanity are being tested, yet we have the power to change course together. Communities across the country have an immense reservoir of energy, courage, and imagination. Our best hope for changing course is to organize local and national action around a single, unifying, measurable expectation: All people and places thriving—no exceptions. The report leverages the Vital Conditions for Well-Being framework to provide a "springboard" for communities in recovery and resilience that is imperative to this moment in time.

Find the full library of resources and tools coming out of collaborative work to developThriving Together in the library linked below, and scroll on for more resources to improve basic needs for health and safety in your community. 

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Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America
Resource - Report
Brought to you by Well Being Trust
Published on 07/04/2020
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Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America
Library
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 07/27/2020

Opportunities to Improve Basic Needs for Health & Safety

Some of the most significant opportunities are

  • Expanding access to healthcare and preventive services
  • Improving support systems
  • Fostering safer, more just communities

Stories for Inspiration

Explore the stories below to read interesting, engaging content about what is happening at the state, national, and local level to improve basic needs for health and safety.

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Menasha Joint School District has a Million Reasons to Grow
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 06/25/2019
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Coronavirus Response: “I Don’t Have the Words...I’ll Just Start Crying”
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Share Our Strength
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The Doctor-Botanist Couple Healing a Community in the Rural South
Story - Written
Brought to you by Civil Eats
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WIN Pacesetter Story: Omaha, Nebraska
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger
Story - Written
Brought to you by NPR
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Coronavirus Response: “First Responders for Education”
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Share Our Strength

Data Resources

Explore the data tools below to find data and related resources specifically relevant to basic needs for health and safety.

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KIDS COUNT Data Center
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Policy Resources

Explore the resources below that outline one or more policies that specifically seek to improve basic needs for health and safety.

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HI-5: Pricing Strategies for Alcohol Products
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy
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HI-5: Tobacco Control Interventions
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy
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HI-5: Access to Clean Syringes
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy
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HI-5: Water Fluoridation
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy
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HI-5: School-Based Programs to Increase Physical Activity
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy

Action & Dialogue Guides

Explore below to find replicable, actionable content that is easily adaptable and/or adoptable as a strategy to improve thriving natur, as well as dialogue guides and tools for in-person and virtual dialogues. 

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Communities WIN: A Community Guide for Dialogue and Action
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/22/2020
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Basic Needs for Health and Safety
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/30/2020
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Advancing Racial Justice in Organizations
Tool - Workshop/training
Brought to you by IISC
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Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work
Tool - Workshop/training
Brought to you by IISC
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Dialogue as a Process for Community Change
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons

About the Vital Conditions

Basic Needs for Health and Safety is one of seven interrelated “vital conditions” that comprise the Vital Conditions for Community Health and Well-being framework. The framework helps us understand the systems that produce equitable well-being for all, and opportunities to shift those systems and drive improvement. Learn more about the Vital Conditions framework.

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Commons Good Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH
Story - Audio
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 02/17/2020
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