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.
Launched in 2016, TRHT is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. At its core, TRHT will unearth and jettison the deeply the held, and often unconscious bias throughout American culture and the perception of inferiority or superiority based on race, physical characteristics or place origin.
TRHT builds relationships and collective power at the community and institutional level. These relationships lay the groundwork for powerful systemic change, as participants reshape their communities’s institutions, policies, and practices.
The 5 pillars of TRHT framework are: Narrative Change, Racial Healing, and Relationship Building, Separation, Law and Economy. For more
For more information go to: https://healourcommunities.org/
TRHT Framework Components
- Narrative Change
Examining how to create and distribute new complex and complete narratives in entertainment, journalism, digital and social media, school curricula, museums, monuments, and parks and in the way we communicate that can influence people’s perspectives, perceptions and behaviors about and towards one another so that we can work more effectively and productively towards community-base change
- Racial Healing and Relationship Building
Focusing on ways for all of us to heal from the wounds of the past, to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and value each person’s humanity, and to build trusting intergenerational and diverse community relationships that better reflect our common humanity.
Examining and finding ways to address segregation, colonization and concentrated poverty in neighborhoods to ultimately ensure equitable assess to health, education and jobs.
Reviewing discriminatory civil and criminal laws and the public policies that come from them and recommending solutions that will produce a just application of the law.
Studying structured inequality and barriers to economic opportunities and recommending approaches that can create an equitable society.
With the permission of the Kellogg Foundation. For more information visit: https://healourcommunities.org/
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.