The health and economic development of a city, state, or a country depends on various factors. One of the most important factors is the overall wellbeing, which includes the physical and mental ability of its citizens to perform their personal and professional roles in a safe, healthy, effective, and productive manner.

The State and Central Governments strive to protect its citizens and provide various services, facilities, and infrastructure to its citizens for their health, safety, welfare, and well-being.

Why is a State Wellness Index important?

A State Wellness Index measures the state of wellness of its citizens using a range of socio-economic factors - ranging from personal to social - that not only states the state of wellness today but also points out areas where active individual and state intervention is needed. Rather than only determining the state of wellness, it also helps identify the root causes impeding the same. And that insight shall drive the wellness programs sparking real change.

Managing Citizens Wellness

The concept of overall wellness has begun to gain primary importance and priority at all levels - individual, organisational, local community, state, national, and global.

The state of wellness at the community level depends on individual and social determinants.

A State Wellness Index is derived from both these determinants and provides analytical insights on the existing state of wellness within the defined community.

It also helps identify the underlying causes that are impeding citizen wellness, which will then necessitate future actions in terms of providing the required services, expanding infrastructure, etc. to support individual wellness.

Achieving this wellness is a challenging and daunting task unless and until relevant activities and programs are not rigorously implemented at these levels.

The Approach to the Wellness Index

Determining the fators that are baselined as being the Determinants of Wellness (DOW)

The factors determining the state of wellness within a community is done along two broad categories. The first includes the determinants that affect an individual and we refer to these as the 8 Dimensions of Wellness.

The second level are the social determinants that affect the citizens. These include the community services/facilities that should be available to them - healthcare, housing, food, education, transportation, safety, and security, besides other basic amenities.

Interpreted together - these provide a deep data driven insights into the state of wellness of communitiesas well as the people living within those communities.


How to control & manage emotions, handle crises, mood swings, effective decision making, increase dependability, respect and become an emotionally stable person.

How to develop good habits, manage weight, have required control, and establish a disciplined lifestyle to have and maintain a healthy body.

How to be a people's person, an active team player, and develop a universal connection to manage your relationships effectively.

How to derive job satisfaction, remain motivated at work and feel valued to increase your productivity and achieve professional growth.

How to acquire financial knowledge, do future planning and take right financial decisions to make money and achieve your financial goals.

How to build environmental awareness, a connection with nature, reduce waste, and save natural resources to live in a clean and healthy environment.

How to learn new skills, analyse and solve problems, and gain relevant knowledge to increase your intellect and creativity.

How to be optimistic, develop tolerance and respect for all, have required control, and gain spiritual knowledge to find inner peace and harmony.


Per-capita spending on healthcare, healthcare spending priority in budgets, hospital bed capacity, and capacity in terms of doctors, nurses, and total healthcare personnel.

Food security and its components of availability, accessibility, and stability. On-ground presence of kirana/grocery stores within one mile of underserved populations.

Community resources that contribute to academic and vocation education. Elements of skill-development and upskilling including but not limited to life-skills.

Urban and rural availability. Cost, Quality, and Affortability. Availability of basic amenities. Policies and program for future growth and management.

Road, rail, and air connectivity. Quality of infrastructure and its accesability. Affordability drives adoption. Public and private infrastructure.

Rates of employment, labor force participation, individuals with health insurance coverage, and household income above poverty level.


Using surveys and consumption/utlisation data covering both individual risk and social determinant risk for the places where the target population lives and works.

Integrate the data collection and monitoring processes into benefits configuration, health equity considerations, work and home environments, and community development..

Democratize the objectives and the results arrived at to ensure that the target population and community understand their DOW expectations and benefits.

Pre and post monitoring of various aspects is a must as the resulting defgrees of impact shall reflect on how the efforts are augmenting individual and community wellness.

For a deeper discussion on our work on Citizen Wellness and the State Wellness Index

do reach out to our Founder and Development Sector expert

Ajay Mahajan | +91 96548 89815 |