Build #HealthyCommunities

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The social determinants of health are experienced in the home, the school, the workplace, and in the community. Our health outcomes are most influenced by economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, education, access to food/absence of hunger, and the community and social contexts of our lives.

Not every community has what it needs for optimal children’s health and wellness. So when we talk about children’s oral health as part of their overall health, we are also talking about safe neighborhoods and school-based health centers and culturally competent family resources and safe, accessible food and water. We are partnering with others to prevent obesity and diabetes or tobacco use. And we are promoting community water fluoridation. It takes all of these and more to build #HealthyCommunities.

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