International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 289–299 | Cite as

Contextual effects of community mobilization and communication capacity as a positive factor for self-rated health status: a multi-level analysis

  • Minsoo JungEmail author
  • Cabral A. Bigman-Galimore
  • K. Viswanath
Original Article



We examined relationships between individual-level community participation, two types of contextual effects―community capacity for mobilization and capacity for health communication—and residents’ self-reported health status in order to explore the role health communication may play in community building for health.


To estimate multi-level effects of the community participation and the two contextual indicators with self-rated health status, we applied hierarchical generalized linear regression to crosssectional data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.


After adjusting for individual- and community-level confounders, the likelihood of having high self-rated health status is significantly higher among those who live in a region with higher community capacity for mobilization, higher health communication capacity at the community level, and higher participation in community groups at the individual-level.


Our findings suggest that living in a community characterized by higher levels of communication and mobilization capacity is beneficial to residents’ self-rated health status—increasing the odds of high health status by up to 9 %. Thus, building community capacity in mobilization and health communication may help develop better health promotion campaigns.


Contextual effects Community capacity Health communication South Korea 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minsoo Jung
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Cabral A. Bigman-Galimore
    • 1
    • 3
  • K. Viswanath
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Community-Based ResearchDana-Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health ScienceDongduk Women’s UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of CommunicationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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