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Diseases that are not passed from person to person. They usually last a long time and get worse slowly over time. More information via the World Health Organization.

A group of people who are linked by social ties and share common viewpoints. Communities can be physical, such as cities or towns, or can also be groups of people with shared values, beliefs, and interests. More information via the US National Institutes of Health.

Opportunities for community members to have a say in the decisions, actions and processes that shape their community. One of the five pillars of the Healthy Communities Approach. More information via Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Looking at a community's health challenges and creating strategies to overcome challenges and improve health. More information via the US Public Health Accreditation Board (pdf).

Making plans and policies that decide how a community's buildings, outdoor spaces, transportation and other elements are arranged. More information via the Canadian Institute of Planners.

How well community members can access the social, economic, environmental and cultural assets they need to reach their goals, feel connected to the community and be healthy. More information via University of Minnesota.

An approach to preventing crimes by designing public space in a way that makes crimes harder or less profitable to commit. Examples include adequate lighting for public pathways and making sure walking routes keep individuals highly visible by other members of the public. More information via the International CPTED Association.

A way of providing services to the public that is culturally sensitive and aware of how discrimination and power imbalances
in our systems can affect the quality of service and supports that some people receive. More information via First Nations Health Authority.