Community-Based Interventions

Healthy Eating and Active Living Research Core

Hallie E. Ford Center

Community-based interventions refer to programs and initiatives that aim to improve the health and well-being of specific population groups within a defined local community. These interventions are often multicomponent, meaning that they employ multiple strategies and tactics to achieve their goals. They may include individual-level strategies such as education and counseling, as well as environmental-level strategies such as policy changes and community mobilization.

The goal of community-based interventions is to prevent dysfunction and promote well-being among the target population. This can include reducing the incidence of chronic diseases, improving mental health, reducing crime and violence, and promoting economic development. These interventions often involve collaboration between multiple stakeholders, including community members, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. By working together, these groups can address the complex social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to health and well-being in their community.