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Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
#851426 added June 11, 2015 at 4:18pm
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Community and family health are interdependent
Today, I am reading in preparation for the class I am teaching. The reading is interesting and my response must be well organized and articulate. Of course, I try in all my writing to be well organized and articulate. I am reading about families, social systems and Social Work intervention. The particular article I am currently reading critiques the medical model as a way of understanding mental health and moves deliberately toward a systems/ecological approach to the problem. This represents solid social work scholarship and reasoning. What can I pull out of this for you?

A healthy family is supported by the environment, and returns output to the environment/community that benefit everyone else. This is true, also, of healthy individuals. It suggests that we discover what we and our neighbors need in order to be productive. What can we do, what can we put back into the community that will help meet these needs? When we answer these questions and act on them, we are healthy citizens. In evaluating my health, I ask myself how do I feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I need to understand my own responsibility in tending my own well being in these areas. One of the problems we all encounter is deciding when we need to turn to the community to meet our needs, and when we as a member of the community must respond to others turning to us for ongoing well being. This is what citizenship is all about: identification of what is needed and of what I can do to meet these needs. A healthy citizen focuses on their own role in making self and community healthy. The prime survival strategy of humans is to form families and communities that sustain us.

On a more concrete level, institutions such as schools, the medical community, transportation, trash collection, and commerce are community supporting family. Producing the next generation, regulating personal behavior, and nurturing each other are products the family returns to the community. Individual family members operate in both community and family. If you take this perspective to heart, you will focus on sharing, nurturing, and supporting others and take responsibility for what you can do in these areas. This does not leave much time for creation of authoritarian havoc. A healthy community supports and sustains well being. An unhealthy community goes to war.


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