Social & Economic Factors


Marathon County where all people enjoy the opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in a healthy community.


Starting The Conversation

Social and economic factors are drivers of the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play. Factors include employment, community safety, income, housing, transportation, educational attainment, social support, and discrimination. To learn more about the impact of these factors on individuals and families, explore the Spent Module.


Spent Module Reflections

After exploring the Spent Module, take some time to reflect on the following:

What surprised you?

  • What stood out to you or surprised you?
  • What did you feel and/or think throughout the experience?
  • Did you struggle in making choices and if so, which ones?


What does this mean to you?

  • What does this look like in your family, neighborhood, school, workplace, and/or community?
  • Why are social and economic factors important to ensuring the conditions in which individuals and communities can be healthy?


What can you do?

  • What are neighborhood community strengths that could be leveraged to create a community in which everyone enjoys the opportunities to be healthy?
  • What are 1-2 actions you will take in your family, neighborhood, school, workplace, or community?



Continuing the Conversation Beyond Spent

Additional activities and resources for you, your organization, and community to continue the conversation and explore solutions.


Equality vs. Equity:  Visit the Center for Story-Based Strategy and complete The 4th Box activity

  • Why is it important to distinguish between equality and equity?
  • What does this look like in Marathon County?


Poor Health: Assumptions, Facts, Opportunities: A Ted Talk that discusses the cycle between poverty and poor health

  • Where is it that you can act within this cycle?
  • What community assets may be leveraged to disrupt this negative feedback cycle?


Contact Information

Amanda Ostrowski