Determinants of Health ( Healthy People 2020)
What are some factors that make some people healthy and others ill? Healthy People 2020
identifies five determinants of health that influence the health of individuals and populations.
Healthy People 2020 describes them as “a range of personal, social, economic, and
environmental factors that influence health status” (U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, 2018, About Determinants of Health, para. 1). Determinants fall into five categories,
including (a) policy making, (b) social factors, (c) health services, (d) individual behavior, and (e)
biology and genetics.
Choose one of the five determinants other than individual behavior (as we are all aware of how
individual behavior impacts health). In your post, describe this determinant and its importance.
Discuss how a community health nurse (CHN) could use one of the 17 intervention categories
from the Public Health Intervention Wheel to address this determinant (Nies & McEwen, 2019).
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