Family Well-being

A new lens for understanding health and wellness

To improve a child's health, we have to address the concerns and desires of the entire family. After all, children are not the ones going to the grocery store, preparing meals, deciding where to live and making other decisions that affect their health. That's why the Alliance is using a family well-being model in our work. While the traditional approach to health and wellness involves bringing in outside "experts" to administer programs, the family well-being approach brings the family into the process from the beginning. This empowers families and challenges them to create their own solutions. 

When you ask families to talk about health and wellness, they very rarely mention medical care or physical health. Instead, they talk about their family's overall well-being. They talk about self-sufficiency. They talk about their shared aspirations. In fact, we've discovered that there are five elements of well-being:

  • Outlook
  • Sense of power and autonomy
  • Sense of self
  • Connected knowledge
  • Support systems
Hover over or click each element to learn more.