About UsAustin Health Commons
who we are
Austin Health Commons (AHC) is a non-profit organization working to advance health equity through root cause community healing and reclaim a paradigm for health and healing so all people can live well and thrive.
That means that we work to provide equal opportunities to live well and thrive, by creating spaces to build connections and bridge separation while working on social determinants of health and promote healing community with a holistic approach.
Our programs are based in Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation framework developed by Dr. Gail Christopher and Conscious Health and Healthcare model, borrowed from the Food Commons and Commons Health, developed by Jamie Harvie.
Austin Health Commons shifts ownership of health back to communities and those of us who live in our communities, making Conscious Health Care our new paradigm for health healing.
We aspire to see a healthy, healed Austin where all people can live well and thrive.
Our culture is rooted in the following values:
We break down barriers
Austin Health Commons Frameworks
Part of our commitments is to promote racial healing throughout our city. In racial healing, we break down the barriers that separate and divide us and fuel a powerful movement to increase our capacity to heal and grow as individuals and as a community.
Under Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation we learn to look for commonalities that bring us together as human beings and bridge the gaps that divides us.
What is Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is a format developed by Gail Christopher over 10 years while she served as Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor for the Kellogg Foundation. It has 5 major pillars that need to be changed in order to heal: Narrative Change, Racial Healing and Relationship Building, and Separation, Law, and Economy.
About Austin Health Commons
Formed in 2016 to serve as a steward of Conscious Health and Health Care, Austin Health Commons is a 501 c3 non-profit community organization working to build a new way for our community to achieve health through community ownership of health and health care; root cause community healing; and access to holistic health care for all.