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Commons Health Network
Commons Health was established to connect integrative, place-based health creation models and evolve shared knowledge, experience, and communication.

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.

Across the globe, a transformational systems, or integrative approach to health is emerging which fosters the promotion of health through the lens of health equity, relationship, and individual,community and planetary 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.


" I think it is time... to make our own wise rules.... the first of those rules has to be the rule of respect – respect for the Commons, respect for the needs of the patient, and of the community that we share with the patient..." 

Donald Berwick, M.D. President and CEO,
Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2009

Health Commons
A Health Commons is a nascent conceptual model, which include the collective resources within a defined geographic boundary that can treat disease and promote health. These can include medical technologies, healthcare facilities, and clinicians but also include healthy food systems, access to drinking safe drinking water, safe and affordable housing, livable jobs, parks, and other social determinants of health. A health commons can be sub-divided into subsets, of intersecting commons.
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Keep Me Connected!
Watch The Ecology of Health video above and travel on a unique journey from our cells to our community to our planet to our cosmos in a meaningful exploration of connection and interrelationship.
New Accountable Communities Conference Reports: Explore important takeaways from our recent conference (pdf) and learn key next steps in the companion document (pdf).
Radical Redesign and the Door to Transformation: ABIHM blog on Commons Health linking CHNA, GMO's, Anchor Institutions and healthcare.
Huffington Post Article: The Commons Health Hospital Challenge was called out in a great Huffington Post article by Dr. Jeff Ritterman. Click here.  This is a great opportunity to get more clinicians and citizens to add their name in support of the Hospital Challenge (or learn more) here per the Huffington Post article suggestion.
Call for Speakers: The 4th Annual Conference for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved in Portland, Oregon on September 5-7, 2014 is seeking presenters! Submission deadline is April 15.
Event: on 02/04/14 The Great North, A Minnesota Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association hosted the workshop, Our Common Health: The Rise of an Integrative Approach to Health Policy and Prevention on the campus of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN.  Jamie Harvie was the featured speaker.  The presentation was followed by relationship building among attendees. See flyer here.