Common Health Care Network
Promotion of individual, community & planetary resilience
Distinct from our conventional health care delivery systems, a "commons" health care system is community driven (rather than hospital driven), focused on prevention (rather than treatment), employs local or bioregional knowledge and solutions, involves regenerative design and promotes integrative medical approaches. Commons Health works to support and strengthen those systems which promote individual, community, and ecological health while embracing the recognition that ultimately, health is local. cross the globe, a transformational approach to health is emerging. This new healthcare paradigm fosters the promotion of health through the lens of health equity, relationship, and individual and community resilience. Commons Health utilizes 'commons principles', community based rules, such as local decision making, transparency, and inclusion. Importantly, Commons Health works to expand a new public narrative which includes concepts of shared decision making, equality, and cooperation.
The Commons Health Network was established to connect place-based health creation models and evolve shared knowledge, experience, and communication. We recognize that the health and resilience of individuals is intimately tied to the health and resilience of their communities and the ecosystems which support them. From a strict financial perspective, the resilience of our healthcare systems will be increasingly predicated on the health of populations, their communities and the ecosystems on which they depend. Collectively, we can imagine a new health paradigm. The recent National Health System Route Map for Sustainable Health Care in the United Kingdom, offers a new Commons Health framework. Already, we see exciting glimpses of evolving work on Commons Health Trusts and Accountable Community Organizations. These locally-based, geographically-defined, community-driven health collaboratives are working to redesign local food systems, improve food access, support livable wages, increase educational opportunities, and partner with community based organizations to address other social determinants of health.