from our conventional healthcare treatment delivery model, commons
health care is community centered (rather than hospital centered),
prevention focused, systems oriented, embraces integrative practice and
employs local or bio-regional knowledge and solutions. At the heart of
the Commons Health Care is a health equity lens and the promotion of
individual, community and planetary resilience.
This framework embraces a variety of evolving, interrelated conceptual themes, which include:
Anchor Institutions - are
place-based organizations firmly established in their communities.
Hospitals are key anchor institutions. As a result, hospitals and other
healthcare institutions have a responsibility to link their economic
activity to the socioeconomic health of the communities in which they
are anchored. Healthcare's anchor institution role is enhanced through
collaborative partnerships with local universities and colleges and the
communities in which they are based.
"Agency", "Sense of Place", and Community Driven Health - which
recognizes that ultimately it is citizens and engaged communities that
need to take responsibility in defining their commons, setting goals,
and creating solutions. Explicitly, this highlights the importance of
prevention, health equity, health of populations and solutions that
exist outside hospital walls. It also includes the concept of personal
"health agency", which includes patients who are empowered partners in
treatment and prevention.
Common Assets and Community Wealth Building –
Social health and community wealth are intimately connected. Promotion
of economic models which increase local reinvestment play an important
role in the health of communities. Moreover, public ownership models for
clean air, clean water, land and other commons assets are central to
the health of communities and individuals.
· Integrative Practice –
which is a healing-oriented medicine which facilitates the body’s
innate healing ability and incorporates all factors that influence
health and wellness including mind, spirit, community, and environment.
Integrative medicine has developed a deserved reputation for a focus on
prevention and health promoting environments through its understanding
of the interplay of environment, biological and social factors.
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