Improving Neighborhoods and the Built Environment
The natural and built environment of a community affects the health and well-being of rural
residents. The quality of the water, air, and soil has serious implications for rural health and
economic development. Features of the built environment, including housing, infrastructure, and
streets, can influence the ability of rural residents to manage their health and access opportunities
for healthy food and physical activity.
This toolkit describes 6 models that are designed to address social determinants of health (SDOH)
related to neighborhoods and the built environment: