Common Threads

Throughout this assessment, common threads often emerged in discussion around data and findings. While not explicitly identified as priority health issues, these common threads consistently wound their way across the Ozarks Health Commission (OHC) Region.

In studying these common threads, the OHC used the Socioecological Model as a framework to examine the impact of these health issues. The Socioecological Model recognizes a wide range of factors working together to impact health and includes influences at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy levels. 

Each of these common threads can impact health issues at levels throughout the model. Community partners targeting to affect the common threads should consider action throughout the spectrum of the model. 


Access to Appropriate Care 

The understanding of and the ability to access appropriate care and treatment is critical to improve and maintain quality of life while reducing the burden of diseases.

Mental Health

Mental health is inextricably linked to physical health. Poor mental health can have impact on behaviors that result in poor physical health. 

Physical Activity and Nutrition 

Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body size are important in maintaining health and well-being and for preventing health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Tobacco Use

High prevalence in tobacco use results in some of the biggest health concerns related to lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and mental health. Interventions need to range from individual behavior change to policy change. 

Social Determinants of Health

Where you live, learn, work, play, and worship can affect your health. The interconnectedness of health, education, economic viability, housing, and quality of life impact an individual, family, and community's ability to thrive.