Building on Our Strengths: The Idaho Rural Community Health Assets Study

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Background Here in Idaho, we have many strengths; particularly in our rural and frontier communities. In relation to health and health care, however, too often rural/frontier communities are viewed only from a deficit perspective (Wakeman, 2008). Nurses can help shift that view, consistent with our health promotive philosophy, to focus on the health-related strengths in communities. Then, in collaboration with our communities, we can build on these strengths to help make rural communities even healthier.

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