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The health of individuals and communities are affected by many factors. The health of people can be determined by their circumstances or environment. Where we live, the state of our environment, genetics, our income and education level, and our relationships among friends and family, to an extent, have impact on our health. Whereas, the most considered factor such as access and use of health care services, have less of an impact.
The context of people’s lives determine their health, and so blaming individuals for having poor health or crediting them for good health is inappropriate. Individuals are unlikely to be able to directly control many of the determinants of health. These determinants, or things that make people healthy or not, include the above factors, and many others.
{WHO; determinants of health, 2016}

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