Building Health Assets

assets.  People who have these assets in sufficient scale and quality are better able to practice healthy living and obtain necessary health services.  On the other hand, people with asset deficits are at higher risk for adverse health outcomes.  We can see this pattern in health disparities between populations that have strong health assets compared to those who don’t.

Health Assets 2015The Health Asset Model ™ is a flexible, evidence-based framework for analyzing and improving population health.   The population may be any group of people such as the members of a community, employees at a firm, students at school, enrollees in a health plan, patients of a health service provider, or people with particular health concerns.  The goal is to help population members obtain and sustain the health assets they need to optimize their health.  The process involves conducting a health asset analysis to identify deficits, and designing collaborative interventions to address those deficits through asset building.

 

The  Health Asset Model ™ begins with five essential assets that individuals and populations need to optimize their health.    These include health skills, social support, a healthy environment, access to quality services, and economic capacity.  Deficits in these essential assets can be addressed through improvements in the health environment, community services, and community development.  It is this focus on asset building that makes the Health Asset Model ™ a powerful tool for engaging multiple stakeholders in collaborative efforts to improve health and health care for defined populations, including vulnerable populations with special health needs and socioeconomic challenges.

Contact Steve Horan at Community Health Solutions for more information on the Health Asset Model.  (804.673.0166 / shoran@chsresults.com)

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