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Our work is guided by core values and assumptions:
- Building healthy communities involves improving conditions and outcomes for the health and well-being of the population as a whole.
- This requires changing conditions, including environmental and policy conditions, that affect behaviors and related outcomes.
- Since health and human development outcomes are caused by multiple and interconnected factors, single interventions are likely to be insufficient.
- Since environmental influences occur in different contexts, collaborative efforts must bring about changes in multiple sectors and systems.
- Local people, including those most affected, should be active participants in changing local conditions.
- Justice requires health and well being for all, including for marginalized groups that have different exposures, vulnerabilities, and consequences related to their situations.
- To improve health for all requires addressing broader social determinants, such as social inclusion, income equality, and efficacy or the ability to have influence on conditions.
- Collaborative partnerships act as catalysts for change; they convene key parties, broker relationships, and leverage needed resources.
- The aim of support organizations is to build capacity to address what matters to people over time and across concerns.
- Community health and development involves interdependent relationships among multiple parties in which none can function fully without collaboration with others.