Building communities that create health.

  • Wilcox R
  • Knapp A
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Typically, public health policy, program design, and resource allocation are based on issue-specific, targeted interventions directed at specific populations or sub-populations. The authors argue that this approach fails to meet the goal of public health-to improve health for all--and that the key to health improvement is to create a social context in which healthy choices are the norm. The authors present as case studies two Pennsylvania cities that used multisectoral approaches to achieve community health improvements.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Day Care Centers
  • Community Health Planning
  • Community Health Planning: organization & administ
  • Employment
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion: methods
  • Health Promotion: organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania: epidemiology
  • Social Environment
  • Social Support

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  • PMID: 10968745
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0033895253
  • SGR: 0033895253
  • PUI: 30642990
  • ISSN: 0033-3549


  • R Wilcox

  • a Knapp

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