The factors that determine community health

Many believe that healthcare facilities determine the state of a community's health. But interestingly, that's not the case.

Factors external to health services often play a bigger role. For example, the most important factor to determine health is our genetic composition. That's why if you visit a hospital or a physician, you'll be asked questions about your family's health history  -  like has anyone in your family ever had diabetes? Genetic composition determines almost 30 percent of our community healthcare needs.

The second biggest factor is behavior. This includes elements like exercise, diet and habits (primarily tobacco and alcohol), and accounts for 30 to 40 percent of what affects community health.

The last two factors are economic and social conditions (15 to 40 percent) and physical environment (5 to 10 percent).

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