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Human infrastructure

The term human infrastructure is used to refer to the aspects of the facilities and systems of a place that affect and involve its people. The human infrastructure of a place (such as a country or city) is often understood to involve things like healthcare, childcare, education, and job training. The term is used in contrast (and in parallel) with infrastructure, which refers to the fundamental facilities and systems of a place, such as transportation, energy, and communication systems. This most often refers to physical things like roads, bridges, pipes, power lines, and buildings, but it can also refer to programs, organizations, and organizational structures. The term human infrastructure is used in contexts like city planning, economics, and politics. In 2021, awareness of the term human infrastructure increased after US President Joe Biden used it multiple times when discussing an infrastructure bill being considered by Congress. Example: The mayor worked to improve the human infrastructure of her city by funding community colleges.


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