Multi-component community-wide interventions

The health and wellbeing of communities is influenced by many factors, such as community design, social programs and supports, policies and the economy. We can better understand how these factors connect by implementing multi-component community-wide interventions.

Healthy Places:
The physical places and social spaces that positively impact the health and wellbeing of people and communities.
Community Leadership:
Community members or groups who formally or informally represent their community and are dedicated to facilitating local change.
Learning from Experience:
Building off of past successes and making revisions based on previous experiences to ensure work remains effective and relevant.
Social Environment:
Supports healthy choices and lifestyles by promoting people’s knowledge, intentions, behaviours and coping skills to approach life in healthy ways.
Economic Environment:
Refers to the costs associated with healthy behavior, as well as improving the economic situation of a location or an individual.
Physical Environment:
Includes the built and natural, both the manmade and naturally occurring components of the community environment.
Policy Environment:
Laws, bylaws, regulations and procedures that guide people’s actions, economic transactions and how communities are built.
Approach Building Blocks:
Five principles and processes that make up the key ingredients for community initiatives to succeed.

Click on the model categories to learn more. Accompanied with each category are general strategies for taking action in these areas within your community.


When our communities implement multi-component community-wide interventions, they are better able to strengthen four action areas: social, physical, economic and policy environments. These action areas are supported by community leadership and learning from experience. Together these areas create healthy places in the community at large, as well as within facilities and organizations, healthcare settings, schools and workplaces.

Although multi-component community-wide interventions are ideal, it is also important for communities to start where they are at! This may mean beginning with one strategy and then building on it as community capacity is developed.

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Remember, a comprehensive approach involves taking action across all categories and within all community settings.

Learn more about healthy places, the healthy communities approach building blocks, foundational community strategies or focus areas

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