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Figure 1-3: Assessing Optimal Health: More Complete Model (Text Description)

The figure is a flowchart that shows the interrelationships between the components of optimal health and mediating factors and their impact on optimal health. The components of optimal health are genetics, environment, lifestyle/behavior, personal health maintenance, care availability, provider performance, and disease/condition management. Mediating factors consist of personal factors (health knowledge, perceptions of system, personal characteristics, personal resources, and personal circumstances) and contextual factors (health delivery system, public health system, community environment, community infrastructure, neighborhood characteristics, civic environment/civil culture, and national/State/local policies). The components of optimal health and the mediating factors influence each other. Together, they affect optimal health.

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