A Comprehensive Approach
Developing a comprehensive approach requires community-based programs to fully consider the complex experiences of families and neighborhoods. A comprehensive perspective recognizes that:
1. People have different experiences. Individuals are influenced by their family and families are influenced by the neighborhoods. Every individual, family, or neighborhood is part of a larger context.
2. Many factors influence experiences.
Self-esteem, access to transportation, availability of child care, education for employment, and many other factors have an impact on the individual, family and neighborhood.
The comprehensive perspective views family and neighborhood experiences holisticallyâ€”that is, as parts of the whole of life, rather than as isolated, separate events. The holistic approach takes into account how one aspect of a familyâ€™s life can affect another. It addresses the various aspects of well-being including:
* economic well-being
* physical well-being
* spiritual well-being
* social-psychological well-being
Only a comprehensive set of strategies can effect lasting changes in the experiences of families and neighborhoods. To develop such strategies, community groups must identify the range of services that families and neighborhoods need in order to thrive. Although most groups will not directly provide the full range of services, they all can form partnerships to help families and neighborhoods get the help they need to deal with different issues and different resources.
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