Technology Driving Human Engagement

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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Health Promotion as "a behavioral social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities." What is required to successfully fulfill this definition varies across each community. There are certainly best practice examples of what has worked for other areas that can serve as a platform for others; however, the combination of findings from both Engagement and Technology in YOUR community programs will then drive Policy within YOUR Medical Neighborhood.

Examples include the need for better walking trails/sidewalks, improved access to medical services in rural communities or supporting the growth and development of farmers markets and farm/table food distribution models. Once again, we can theorize what our community needs or what our providers should do, but we don't know what our residents would do until we either ask them or implement programs dedicated to data collection and decision making.