The unit examines the importance of and challenges in understanding the context in which you operate your health services—not only people’s daily interactions, but also the larger forces of history, politics, and economics that inform local conditions and standards of living. Collaborating with public health officials at all levels is critical to see where and how you can contribute. Engagement with community members is the best way to learn what they need, and how you can help. Through listening to them, you can begin to foster reciprocal respect and trust between your program and the community.


  1. Health profile
  2. Population groups
  3. Community leaders
  4. Culture
  5. Geography
  6. Government
  7. Healthcare system
  8. History and politics
  9. Economy
  10. Infrastructure
  11. Educational institutions