Drivers of Health as a Shared Value

Mindset, Expectations, Sense of Community and Civic Engagement

Published in: Health Affairs, v. 35, no. 11, Nov. 2016, p. 1959-1963

Posted on on November 28, 2016

by Anita Chandra, Carolyn Miller, Joie D. Acosta, Sarah Weilant, Matthew Trujillo, Alonzo L. Plough

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Making health a shared value is central to building a culture of health, a new action framework intended to spur faster progress toward equitable health outcomes in the United States. Unlike in other US social movements, such as the environmental and civil rights movements, the necessary understanding of shared values has not yet been achieved for health. Discussions about values regarding health have primarily focused on health care instead of health or well-being. These discussions have not progressed to a clear focus on prioritizing values on health instead of simply health care. The evidence base for understanding health as a shared value is only now emerging. Making health a shared value is the first of four Action Areas in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Action Framework. We assert that the achievement of this shared understanding of health as a cultural value will be enhanced through action in specific drivers: mindset and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement. Building on a literature review and stakeholder engagement, this article examines the evidence base for these drivers and identifies where policy and research actions are needed to advance positive change on population health and well-being outcomes.

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