What is the healthy community framework according to Health in All Policies? How are
evidence and ethics used in this process? Explain the application of the five key
elements of this process to an environmental health issue and how collaboration with
the community achieves the process.
Healthy Community Framework According To Health in All Policies
According to Health in All Policies, a healthy community captures five fundamental
elements. First, it meets the basic needs of everyone, encompassing aspects food, drinking
water, housing, transportation, and other elements. It safeguards environmental sustainability
and upholds acceptable standards of social and economic development (Rudolph et al., 2013).
It also ensures equity in health care while enhancing supportive and respectful social
relationships. From the five elements, a healthy community takes care of both physical and
psychological needs as well as the environmental, social and economic requirements of the
The process makes use of evidence and ethics by highlighting using an iterative
approach. It ensures that ethical considerations take place in obtaining evidence for
addressing the needs of a healthy community. Similarly, it equally gives importance to the
evidence and applies it to supporting ethical decision making (Rudolph et al., 2013). In
instances where some operational actions may prove unethical, the systems of ethical
decision-making act as the guide to the necessary course of action. In facilitating process
implementation, the evidence provides the specifications of the right approaches in which
concepts differ, and possibly some trade-offs towards realizing the goals of the process.
In the application of the five key elements to an environmental health issue, the
integration of sustainability, health, social, and economic equity works effectively in
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identifying the key action areas. Each of the elements inform the course of implementation of
targeted policies, projects, and programs to deal with the environmental health issue
(Rudolph et al., 2013). By embedding the element of sustainability concerns into the
decision-making process, it becomes possible to ensure that the implemented change
becomes continually improved. On the other hand, ensuring collaboration with the
community brings their interests into consideration, effectively ensuring process realization.
Collaboration also brings together persons from various sectors to identify the connection
between the environmental health issue and other policy areas that need attention.
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Rudolph, L., Caplan, J., Mitchell, C., Ben-Moshe, K., & Dillon, L. (2013). Health in all
policies: improving health through intersectoral collaboration. NAM Perspectives.