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Health and Healing


The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  The concept of well-being has evolved over the years to include the Socioecological Model and the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines SDOH as “the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, racism, climate change, and political systems.” (CDC-adapted definition from WHO 2022.) The broad concept of healing is not limited to treatment or diagnosis of medical conditions, but also includes honoring the cultural beliefs, and respecting the traditional healing, values, religions, and spirituality of evolving cultures. With centuries of systemic oppression upon Peoples of Color, much of healing involves overcoming intergenerational trauma and community empowerment. The Equity in OC Initiative stands in solidarity with marginalized communities and is focused on promoting health equity for all.


As prioritized by the community for Orange County:


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Housing Stability and Assistance
Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, By April 2024, OC Housing is Health will increase housing stability, access, and availability of healthy and affordable housing options for 600 lower income households in Santa Ana and Anaheim through a mixture of affordable housing production, increased tenant protection policies, and and increased housing assistance programs.”
Eagleman House Project
By March 2024, Eagleman Housing Project will achieve temporary or permanent housing for 50 Natives/Alaskan Natives who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in Orange County.