The futures of sustainable community health

Stanley Ingman, Elias Mpofu

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Sustainable community health depends on many factors, including economic vitality, environment justice, social wellbeing, education, and community safety for all. The nature of human-to-human and human-environment interactions all have population health implications. Beneficial interactions aim at safeguarding the present natural environment as well as economic and social health resources for future generations. Much as this is patently obvious and indisputable, the practical uptake of sustainability approaches to wellbeing by local, state, and federal governments and other stakeholders have been slow and noncommittal. However, the future of humanity depends on environmental sustainability across all sectors of life, regardless of any short-term inconveniences. Investments in renewable energies and environmental protections, coupled with economies geared to provide for social wellness, inclusive of universal health care, are a priority. Health-in-all and health-for-all policies and practices, and use of wellness indicators rather than those for medical health conditions only should guide sustainable health systems practices. Moreover, mathematical modeling of optimal indicators and outcomes of community health systems should assist partnerships for health in their designing and implementation for sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Community Health
Subtitle of host publicationSystems and Practices in Diverse Settings
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030596873
ISBN (Print)9783030596866
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021


  • Economic
  • Environment
  • Future
  • Health-in-all
  • Indicators and outcomes
  • Modeling
  • Participation
  • Social
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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