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Health Commons


A Health Commons encompasses the environmental, social and economic drivers of health where the locus is the whole person, rather than the health care system.
 
In the Health Commons model, the business of hospitals must reflect the interests of their communities. In fact, just as with smoking bans, the leadership of hospitals in modeling and supporting the health and resilience of all community members will be an imperative. While other institutions and businesses must be similarly engaged, without the example of hospitals as institutions, it will be difficult for communities to create environments that address the full spectrum of health needs in their schools, workplaces, and homes.  
 
In the context of the global obesity epidemic and ecological health crisis, hospitals following a commons health agenda will recognize, promote, and support, health-promoting policies and practices within their institutions in partnership with the communities that they serve. See the Commons Health Care Challenge, a Minnesota based example of communities, clinicians, and healthcare working together at the local level.

 




[1] Harvie,J. The Case for Commons Health Care, Explore Vol 8., No. 1, Jan 2012


[2] Magnan,S. et al, Achieving Accountability for Health and Health Care: A White Paper developed from the State Quality Improvement Institute 2008-2010 in Minnesota, Academy Health and Commonwealth Fund, 2012


[3] Austen Biovision Institute, Healthier by Design: Creating Accountable Care Communities: A Framework for Engagement and Sustainability, 2012  http://abiakron.org/Data/Sites/1/pdf/accwhitepaper12012v5final.pdf


[4] Magnan,S. et al, Achieving Accountability for Health and Health Care: A White Paper developed from the State Quality Improvement Institute 2008-2010 in Minnesota, Academy Health and Commonwealth Fund, 2012