Answer to Question #49732 in Economics of Enterprise for Christoph
Is community health the same as individual health?
An individual health is a personal health of each person. It depends on the person himself, his world, lifestyle, culture, and other factors (heredity, health status, and so on). An individual's health is related to the large variations in the most important vital signs, adaptive capacities of the organism. Community health is made up of the health status of each member of society. Community health as a characteristic of health of society as a whole is not only a medical concept. It is a social, socio-political and economic category, as well as the object of social policy. Community health needs to be measured, accurately assessed, taking into account not only the medical, but also its social value. The assessment of the community health requires a systems approach, which allows considering both its complex dynamic system, comprising a plurality of integrally connected component elements, and interaction with numerous other social and natural systems. This approach allows establishing the relationship of health not only of the state of science and advances in medicine in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, but also the whole society to participate in its development, protection and promotion.