Our mission is to help people
take the best care of their health possible.
We all want to be healthy. But we all struggle to take the
actions we know we need to take to ensure optimal health.
Common Hope for Health bridges this gap between
aspiration and action by providing behavior care.
Behavior care is care for health behavior—care that helps people to adopt
healthier lifestyles, prevent illnesses, and seek care when sick.
Behavior care makes healthy behavior easier and more fulfilling.
Behavior care focuses on health, not disease.
OUR MODEL COMPRISES “THREE 3’S”—
Three values, three domains, and three outcomes.
We serve those in greatest need.
We strive to do things well and do them better every day.
We form partnerships and build capacity, so as to make our presence ultimately unnecessary.
We work within systems that serve as the first place that people seek when they have health needs.
We create and use tools that change what is possible.
We engage deeply with individuals and communities as well as with scientific research to better understand health decisions and behaviors.
We deliver services that lead to better health.
We generate evidence on what works.
We advocate for positive change in global health.
Portfolio - Although the problems we address are universal, we seek to provide behavior care in settings of greatest need, where poverty, geography, discrimination, and other structural barriers make healthy behavior most difficult.
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Each year, the World Bank Group issues the World Development Report, a sweeping analysis of a particular dimension of economic development, such as job creation, gender, infrastructure, and climate. This year's Report, just released, tackles a cutting-edge dimension that lies at the heart of Common Hope for Health's work: decision-making and behavior.
Since we first began working in rural Kenya in 2006, Common Hope for Health has pursued a fundamentally moral mission: to serve those in greatest need. We are, of course, far from having accomplished this mission. But we have made progress. Over the past nine years, mothers, fathers, and children who previously had nowhere to turn when sick have gained access to compassionate, often life-saving medical care at our health center. But this progress has also revealed a sobering -- and perhaps radical -- truth: medical care alone, at least in the conventional sense, is not enough.
Team - Common Hope for Health is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Ugunja, Kenya. Our Founders' Circle comprises all donors who commit one dollar per day for at least one year to support CHH's work.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Lee, MPA, MPhil
Amara Mulder, MD
Judy Kim, MD
Jessica Hoy, MD
Sarah Johnson, PhD
John Lavinsky, JD
Kolokotrones University Professor,
Global Practices Vice President,
The World Bank
Jim Yong Kim
The World Bank
Rabb Professor of Anthropology,
Public Health Management Consultant
Ugunja Community Resource Center
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
ST. PAUL’S HEALTH CENTER
Director and Board Chair
Chief Clinical Officer
Gail and Mike Ahern
Praveen and Mabel Amar
Lisha Bai and Peter Scanavino
Todd and Meghann Beer
M.J. and J P. Buono
Sonja Cantu and Greg Zaff
Moo Hong Choi
Steve and Joanne Choi
Marc and Mary Christianson
Elizabeth Culbreth and
Samantha and John D’Amore
Gary and Jodi De La Pena-VanderPol
Antje Duvekot and John Scotti
Keith and Kathleen Ellison
Maxine and Joel Goldstein
Yi-An and Kristin Huang
John, Catherine and Emily Johnson
Sarah Stewart Johnson
and John Lavinsky
Sonja and Afif Kassouf
Meg and Steve Katz
Rev’ds. Beth and Jay Kennett,
Hillsborough United Church of Christ
Jim Yong Kim
Harry and Anne Lane
Judith and Michael Lavinsky
Daniel and Grace Lee
Donna and Young Lee
Daniel and Mary Jean McDonough
Dave and Becky Meiners
Travis and Jennifer Metz
Amara and Matt Mulder
Kevin and Michelle Mulder
Steven and Evelyn Mulder
Kim and Nancy Mulder
Meg Murray and Don Dupont
Sara Nuciforo and Rick Murray
Jamie and Lynn Paik
Minah Park and Victor Chang
Linda and Marty Pate
Barbara and Jim Posgate
Edgar O. Smith
Dan and Maureen Stores
Ellen and Michael Szela
Ying Wu and Ryan Stevenson
Alicia Jee Hae Yoon
Child Relief International
Davis Projects for Peace
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Helen and William Mazer
Hope Central Church
I Do Foundation
Massachusetts General Hospital
Maurice Pechet Foundation
Smith Iron and Metal Co., Inc.
UBS Optimus Foundation
United Methodist Committee on Relief
University School, Shaker Heights
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Youth As Resources
BRIDGING ASPIRATION AND ACTION IN THE QUEST FOR HEALTH
with Equity, Excellence, and Empowerment.
Donate - Your support goes a very long way toward ensuring that Common Hope for Health can continue to help people in toward the best care of their health possible. 100% of your gift will go directly to our partner organization, St. Paul's Health Center, in rural Kenya, to support direct patient care activities.