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And Now: Community Wellness

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In 2013 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) documented what many in the healthy communities movement had known for a long time. That the health and prosperity of the nation was declining. What was remarkable and new in this study, however, was that these declines were occurring not just in a few areas of the country, or exclusively in poor or underserved areas, but across the entire nation – across multiple demographics and income levels. In addition, the study documented that this was not a recent phenomenon but, in fact, the health of the United States has been declining for more than 30 years. Continue reading “And Now: Community Wellness” »

Registration Now Open for Breakthrough Collaborative on Home Hospice and Palliative Care


Registration is now open for the Optimal Healing Environments in Home Hospice and Palliative Care Breakthrough Collaborative. The new Collaborative launched last week at the National Organization for Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

The group is limited to 50 participants.

The aim is to enhance the experience of care by decreasing symptom and treatment burden associated with advanced illness — specifically, pain, anxiety, dyspnea, helplessness and finding meaning in suffering.

The literature abounds with science-based studies demonstrating the efficacy of integrated self-care modalities. By focusing on healing-oriented practices in mindfully created healing environments, we seek to learn what works and what doesn’t for both patients and lay caregivers in home hospice and palliative care.
Ideal candidates are home hospice and palliative care organizations that choose to be at the forefront of change, discover ways to relieve human suffering, implement those discoveries on a real-time basis and report their efficacies so others can follow suit.

Together, we will define innovative strategies by:

  • Integrating healing-oriented practices into clinical protocols and intake procedures.
  • Teaching all care providers, including lay, the techniques to facilitate healing for themselves and for the patient.
  • Managing the home environment as a healing space.


At the end of this first-in-a-series Collaborative, our intention is to collectively demonstrate:

  • Decrease in the number of ER visits for pain, anxiety or respiratory distress;
  • Increase in fulfillment of the patient and family-generated end-of-life plan;
  • Increase of patient and/or families who rate their satisfaction with care at the highest level; and
  • Increase in engaged households configured to optimize their home as a healing space


For more information or to download the application and letter of intent, please visit SamueliInstitute.org/Collaboratives or email palliativecollaborative@SIIB.org.

A Modern Look at the Ancient Art of Healing

Avaton of Epidaurus - By Jean Housen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

When we are ill we so often focus on what to do; a knife, a pill, a behavior change, your diet. Yet underlining any therapy is a process for its delivery that often produces more of an effect than the treatment itself. Let’s explore that process; the “how” of healing, and contrast it with the “what”. So often the “how” of healing involves spiritual engagement and activity.

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Avaton of Epidaurus – By Jean Housen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Explore the Ancient City of Medicine

A visit to Epidaurus, the ancient city of medicine where the Hippocratic school of medicine was founded reveals how ancient Greeks believed healing happens: Continue reading “A Modern Look at the Ancient Art of Healing” »

Prejudice, Social Bonding and Health

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April 10 marked the close of Samueli Institute’s Well Community Project with an event connecting community grantees and national policy and philanthropic leaders. The Well Community Project and its participating communities moved beyond disease-oriented approaches to a health and wellness perspective that now included missing elements of healing, resiliency, wellness and quality of life. Healing legacies of racism and building social connections emerged as common themes to address.

It also marked my 60th birthday. Funny how turning 60 gets you thinking more deeply about what is truly relevant in life. This and the dialogue at the Well Community Project had me thinking of how essential social cohesion is to the health and wellbeing of communities. In fact, it may be one of the most important elements of all for human flourishing. Continue reading “Prejudice, Social Bonding and Health” »

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