Health is the state of fulfilled physical, mental, psychological, and social needs, allowing an individual to flourish. Instead of implying the absence of injury or disease, health indicates a wholeness and wellness of self. Public health is a movement for every person to achieve that state, ensuring the health of our communities. We seek to approach the issue from the angles of mental, sexual, and environmental health. We believe these approaches best empower us to foster a conversation about public health while also providing meaningful service that all people can connect with in our local community of Boston.
We believe mental health is an integral aspect of public health, yet is infrequently discussed. We seek to start a dialogue within our community to reduce and remove the stigma surrounding mental health and foster a healthy environment to discuss and address mental health issues.
In addition, sexual health is an important component of health, especially in the college environment. We seek to continue the destigmatization of sexual health and encourage open discussion of sex and healthy behavior.
Finally, we wish to tackle the issue of environmental health in our communities. The broadest category of health, environmental health refers to basic resource access such as to food, safe housing, adequate education, childcare, and many more. This issue is applicable both globally and locally, as every individual has basic subsistence needs that must be met.