Policy: decisions made by those with responsibility for a given area (policy makers) Public policy: whatever a government decides to do or not to do. Policies not just single decisions but set"s of decisions that define a broader course of action. Public and private policies about health: courses of action (and inaction) that affect the set of institutions, organizations, services, and funding arrangements of the health care system. The complex web of actions/intended actions/inactions of organizations external to the health care system which have an impact on health. Policy context political, cultural, economic, historical, epidemiological, etc. factors framing" and impacting polices. Policy process the way in which policies are initiated, developed/formulated, negotiated, communicated, implemented, and evaluated. Policy actors individuals and groups with an active/passive interest in an issue or policy. Body a machine that can be repaired www. notesolution. com. Health and illness are a consequence of individual or household actions of beliefs. Outcome of poor lifestyle choices and personal deficiencies.