Conceptualizing Health and Financial Wellness: Using Facilitated Discussion to Collect Input from Professionals

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2018-01-01
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Kiss, Elizabeth
Bartholomae, Suzanne
Bartholomae, Suzanne
Johnson, Carrie
O'Neill, Barbara
Xu, Yilan
Gutter, Michael
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Determinants of health and financial security are complex. Individuals and families must often weigh decisions about their health against considerations of their financial resources, and vice-versa. Financial wellness and capability influence consumers’ health outcomes both directly and indirectly. This article documents a facilitated discussion at the 2018 Biennial Conference of Family Economics and Resource Management Association (FERMA) that bridged the domains of health and personal finance. Organizers summarized connections between health and financial stress, well-being, and wellness, and discussed definitions of health literacy and financial literacy. Attendees shared perspectives about how consumers’ financial wellness and capability influence their education and outreach activities and consumers’ health outcomes. They also worked together to create integrated models of health and financial wellness that could increase the number of Americans who are healthy and financially well at every stage of life. Insights will guide future scholarship focused on intersections of health and financial wellness.

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This article is published as Kiss, E., Bartholomae, S., Johnson, C.L., O'Neill, B., Xu, Y., Gutter, M., 2018., Conceptualizing Health and Financial Wellness: Using Facilitated Discussion to Collect Input from Professionals. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues.Winter 2018, 22(1);https://www.theforumjournal.org/issues/. Posted with permission.

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