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When experiences and knowledge from the wider community are sought and people work together to address local issues, members feel empowered to create solutions that are meaningful and sustainable.

Broad factors that impact individual and community health are called the social determinants of health. This includes such things as employment opportunities, quality education and safe housing. Having or not having access to these opportunities can enhance or limit our life circumstances.

Complex social issues are best addressed when community members work together towards common solutions. Recognizing how the different community settings and environments interact and affect the people who live there is a great start. Collective action on a common goal can lead to sustainable, positive change.