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Thought Piece: First People Thriving Health Systems©

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First People Thriving Health Systems©

Achieving healthy and thriving First People and their communities everywhere.

First People Thriving Health Systems© thought piece is available as free download here.  

In First People lives, if we survive birth, only two things are sure about our health. We are born. We die. Everything else varies from person to person and over a person’s lifetime.
Better than First People's current “health system”, a First People Thriving Health System© gives us our best chance to be healthy throughout our lifetime. Our having a Thriving Health System for our community ensures we are healthier people in a healthier community.

A First Person Thriving Health System has persons and their communities at the center. At the center is the person and the person’s Primary Health Support surrounded by all needed and wanted Health Support. It adjusts when locations, time, person, and community change. It takes into account all of personal and community characteristics and all of health and well-being. It understands personal and community environment and its impact on health and well-being. It understands and uses the full range of health and thriving support to improve and sustain health and well-being. It connects all of these, with information and other support, into a fully integrated and supportive system for persons and communities. Most importantly, it recognizes the uniqueness of First People, our culture, our healing traditions and our health issues. It recognizes that a First People Thriving Health System must be owned by First People and must provide the Health Support that will be accepted by and effective for First People.

Here is what the thought piece lays out:

  • We First People want to be as well as possible over our lifetime.

  • We First People are more likely to be well in a First People Thriving Health System.

  • We First People are more likely to be well with a Primary Health Support (PHS) partner in a First People Thriving Health System.

  • We First People are more likely to be well by using all needed Health Support partners in a First People Thriving Health System.

  • Our having “Health Support” relevant to First People is more and better than just having “traditional health and medical care”.

  • How is a First People Thriving Health System best organized to help First People?

  • How does a First People Thriving Health System support First People and our communities?

  • What will First People health and lives be like in a First People Thriving Health System?

  • Our having First People Thriving Health Systems can and should achieve healthy and thriving First People and communities everywhere.

This is the HealthePeople® vision for First People Thriving Health Systems and the communities they support. As people, and communities, we First People should proceed toward the vision of achieving healthy and thriving First People and communities everywhere.

We do this via a strategy of First People Thriving Health Systems for all First People everywhere. Thriving Health Systems are self-perpetuating, very affordable, easily accessible, “e” enabled, person-centered, prevention-oriented, high quality and are producing high health and well-being outcomes and status. Such Thriving Health Systems, partly physical and partly virtual and put into place by collaborative private and public partnerships, will greatly improve accessibility, quality and affordability for all First People everywhere.

We First People can and should build and sustain First People Thriving Health Systems for all people everywhere. We can and should achieve substantially healthier First People and communities and move toward a truly healthy and thriving First People. All First People everywhere deserve and should expect nothing less.


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Note: “First People” are those people who were the first people to live in a geographic area. Sometimes, they are referred to as native or indigenous people. For example, in the United States, they may be referred to as Native Americans. If First People should decide to build and sustain a First People Thriving Health System, it must be theirs. They must own it. Here, “our” and similar phrases refer to “First People.”

Note: Thriving Health Systems are comprehensive health systems that can be of almost any size and for any type of community.  Community includes legal communities (e.g., village, town, city, county, State, nation), geographic areas (e.g., regions), groups (e.g. ethnic groups, affinity groups), and worlds.