Social and Place Connectedness and Our Health
A socially connected community is a place where everyone feels like they belong. People know their neighbor, feel motivated to get involved, and have spaces to gather with friends and neighbors. Belonging to social groups and networks is just as an important predictor of health as diet and exercise.
Communities with strong social connections see better health outcomes, such as:
- Lower rates of unhealthy behaviors (smoking, drinking, and an inactive lifestyle)
- Better job opportunities, which leads to increased wages
- Increased mental health
- Reduction in chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, etc.)
The Social and Place Connectedness Team is working to identify ways to make positive changes within a soon to be determined region in Oshkosh. The team will work alongside residents, businesses and organizations to identify ways to promote social connections in that neighborhood.