“The work of The Bravewell Collaborative is resulting in a flourishing of patient care that is effective, sustainable and focused on health. People are now finding their way to integrative clinical care centers across the nation. Our family foundation would not have been able to have such a far-reaching impact in such a short amount of time if we had been working alone. This is the power of collaboration.”
The Bravewell Collaborative
The Bravewell Collaborative is a community of leading philanthropists who work together to transform our health care system and improve the health of the American public through the advancement of integrative medicine.
Bravewell began in 2002, when a small group of philanthropists joined in conversation with prominent physicians in the field of integrative medicine to discuss potential solutions to the growing health care crisis. Two key questions were asked: Could a group of philanthropists working together to fund strategic programs accomplish more than individual philanthropists working alone? Did the field of integrative medicine hold some of the answers to our health care system’s mounting problems.
In both cases, the answer to the question was “yes.”
Following that meeting, The Bravewell Collaborative established itself as an operating foundation and began to fund initiatives that supported broad systems change.
Integrative medicine is a philosophy of care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences affecting a person’s health. Bravewell believes that by addressing the whole person and shifting the focus of health care to prevention, health maintenance, and early intervention, integrative medicine holds the power to transform the economic models that impede our present system and vastly improve the health of the public, which is essential to our nation’s future.
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