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Pediatrics. 2005 Apr;115(4 Suppl):1185-7.

Building healthier communities for children and families: applying asset-based community development to community pediatrics.

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  • 1Communities and Physicians Together, Sacramento, California, USA. richard.pan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


Social capital is the power of social networks and relationships, which constitute the social environment. Social capital has been associated with many measures of health and development. Asset-based community development (ABCD) provides a framework to increase social capital and build stronger, healthier communities for children. ABCD is a strength-based approach to community building that emphasizes bringing together community assets including individual community members, voluntary associations, and institutions. How pediatricians can apply ABCD to child health is described.

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