Emotional well-being and public health: Proposal for a model national initiative Article

Feller, SC, Castillo, EG, Greenberg, JM et al. (2018). Emotional well-being and public health: Proposal for a model national initiative . PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTS, 133(2), 136-141. 10.1177/0033354918754540

cited authors

  • Feller, SC; Castillo, EG; Greenberg, JM; Abascal, P; Mdiv, RVH; Wells, KB; Wells, KB; Bromley, E; Castellon-Lopez, Y; Chung, B; Feller, S; Greenberg, J; Hays, RD; Ijadi-Maghsoodi, R; Jones, L; Kaltman, J; Kataoka, S; Kolhatkar, G; Hunter, AL; Miranda, J; Sherbourne, C; Tesema, L; Horn, RV; Yarns, B



  • In 2011, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council named mental and emotional well-being as 1 of 7 priority areas for the National Prevention Strategy. In this article, we discuss emotional well-being as a scientific concept and its relevance to public health. We review evidence that supports the association between emotional well-being and health. We propose a national emotional well-being initiative and describe its 6 components: systematic measurement of emotional wellbeing, identification of the drivers of emotional well-being, formation of partnerships with diverse stakeholders, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to promote emotional well-being and its drivers, development of public health messaging, and identification of and strategies to address disparities in emotional well-being and its drivers. Finally, we discuss ways in which a national emotional well-being initiative would complement current public health efforts and the potential challenges to such an initiative.

publication date

  • March 1, 2018

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start page

  • 136

end page

  • 141


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