Impact of community capacity on the health status of residents: Understanding with the contextual multilevel model

Minsoo Jung, Mankyu Choi

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There has been little conceptual understanding as to how community capacity works, although it allows for an important, population-based health promotional strategy. In this study, the mechanism of community capacity was studied through literature reviews to suggest a comprehensive conceptual model. The research results found that the key to community capacity prevailed in how actively the capacities of individuals and their communities are able to interact with one another. Under active interactions, community-based organizations, which are a type of voluntary association, were created within the community, and cohesion among residents was enhanced. In addition, people were more willing to address community issues. During the process, many services were initiated to meet the people's health needs and strengthen their social and psychological ties. The characteristics of community capacity were named as the contextual multilevel effects. Because an increase in community capacity contributes to a boosted health status, encourages health behaviors, and eventually leads to the overall prosperity of the community, more public health-related attention is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Care Manager
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1



  • community capacity
  • contextual effects
  • health behavior
  • multilevel analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Health(social science)
  • Leadership and Management
  • Medicine(all)

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