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Seven Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being


Our freedom to thrive depends on having a consistent set of vital conditions, such as clean air, fair pay, humane housing, early education, routine health care, and other basic necessities. Personal experiences may rise and fall from birth to death. However, vital conditions persist over generations. They shape the exposures, choices, opportunities, and adversities that we each encounter throughout our lives.

The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying levers for community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce population well-being. This framework helps users consider the properties of places and institutions that all people need all the time to be healthy and well. This framework advances a collaborative, cross-sector approach to improving community health and well-being and helps identify where and how to invest in communities to yield better results over time.

Each vital condition is distinct and indispensable. Together, they form an interdependent system that shapes opportunities for people and places to thrive. If any vital condition is denied or otherwise unfulfilled serious adversity can accumulate, revealing itself in excess rates of illness, unemployment, housing distress, food insecurity, loneliness, and more.


The Seven Vital Conditions

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Explore the Seven Vital Conditions

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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Basic Needs for Health and Safety
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Published on 01/30/2020
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Meaningful Work & Wealth
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Humane Housing
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Published on 12/09/2019
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Lifelong Learning
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Published on 11/01/2019
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Belonging & Civic Muscle
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Reliable Transportation
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Learn More About the Seven Vital Conditions

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WIN Community Pacesetter Stories: The Collection
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Cross-Cutting Themes: Working Across the Vital Conditions
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Communities WIN
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Published on 02/11/2020


Vital Conditions Topic Pages 

Click on any of the topics below to find curated resources, tools, stories, and other related topics to inspire change and drive your work forward. 

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 Related Topics


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Meaningful Work and Wealth

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Lifelong Learning

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Thriving Natural World

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Basic Needs for Health and Safety

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Belonging and Civic Muscle

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Social Determinants of Health

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Humane Housing

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Health Equity

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Reliable Transportation