Community-based Settings

Community-based interventions usually employ a number of different strategies and activities to create changes in community members’ awareness, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills or behaviors that affect health, as well as the social, economic and environmental conditions that influence health. The benefit of community-based interventions is that these approaches may involve a combination of strategies for individuals, families, organizations, neighborhoods or other groups with a shared identity (e.g., geography, social interaction, common belief system). Community-based interventions have the potential to improve prevention, management and rehabilitation behaviors for heart disease and stroke (e.g., lifestyle changes to reduce weight or increase healthy behaviors, monitoring and taking medications to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol).

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