Integrating Wellness into Public Health: A Return to Social Justice
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Wellness, as a conceptual reaction to the absorption of the public health field into biomedical practice, should continue to be ingrained into contemporary public health philosophy. Wellness is a state of being that includes physical health, but extends beyond being disease‐free, and moves towards happiness as a result of feeling balanced and empowered in all areas of life. This philosophy can be integrated into public health with a social justice perspective. By acknowledging that good health is not merely access to doctors and drugs, but also, to a great extent, by the overall life conditions one is subjected to as determined by social categorization, I make a case for a public health philosophy that not only creates a language and policy around principles of social justice and wellness, but also initiates and embraces the building of local movements for community health and wellness through grassroots social transformation. The field of public health should create movements that reform policy, leading to social transformation and greater health of all populations.