In creating this framework, the ultimate goal of this research is to provide public health practitioners and other leaders with new ways of thinking about community stressors—which in turn may lead to new approaches for decreasing stress and promoting community health and well-being.
This publication provides a summary of the full report Toward an Initial Conceptual Framework to Assess Community Allostatic Load: Early Themes from Literature Review and Community Analyses on the Role of Cumulative Community Stress (by Anita Chandra, Meagan Cahill, Douglas Yeung, Rachel Ross, RAND Corporation, 2018). The report includes a tool to help community leaders identify data that can be used to measure stress levels in a community. It also lists practical interventions that a community can enact to mitigate stress before a triggering event takes place.
Support for this research was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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