EconomicWellnessThe Economic Wellness Initiative is a community-based, county-wide effort that addresses the vital role economic conditions play in family and community health. With over half of Sonoma County families living paycheck to paycheck, our community's well-being is currently at risk.

To address these growing health and economic disparities, the Economic Wellness Initiative was formed in January 2014 by Health Action, a framework and leadership team that supports and coordinates Sonoma County's shared vision of being the healthiest county in California. Health Action recognizes that access to healthcare is only one piece of the puzzle for helping people stay healthy, and that income is a root cause of health disparity in our community. In Health Action's 2013-2016 workplan, economic wellness was identified as one of three priority areas, with an over goal that "...Sonoma County families have the economic resources to make ends meet, and lead a long and healthy life."

Learn more about Economic Wellness.

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