Empowering wellness is a process through which people gain greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health. Empowering a community takes place by bringing together key stakeholders who are concerned about the underlying social and economic conditions and physical environments which impact the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community.
The difference between individual and community empowerment is that individual empowerment related to the individuals’ ability to make decisions and have control over their personal life. Community empowerment involves individuals and key stakeholders working collaboratively and collectively to influence and address the social determinants of health and the quality of life our community. This is an important goal in “Empowering a Community of Wellness”.
LiveHealthy OC Initiative aims to transform Orange County’s community clinic system to a create a true community health and wellness. The Initiative aims to transform the culture, practice and healthcare delivery models of participating clinics, that serve the underserved, from a disease-based management model to prevention and wellness model in the following ways: