CommonHealth ACTION is a national public health organization that develops people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices. We believe that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 1948). With the inclusion of “social well-being,” the definition of health makes it clear that good health and thriving are synonymous.
For the better part of 20 years, we have worked with philanthropy, associations, non-profits, businesses, healthcare systems, governments, and community-based coalitions to map, make, manage, measure and master change in these primary areas of focus: 1) equity-focused assessments; 2) a proprietary EDI curriculum, training, learning, and coaching experiences; and 3) technical assistance for strategy, planning, and implementation of strategic equity plans focused on racial equity while re-purposing privilege and power.
A guiding principle for our work in organizations is respectful entry and successful exit. Respectful entry ensures that we enter relationships honoring the work and perspectives of the client. We do this through our EDI Assessment and Scan which help us to understand culture, history, political context, and vision. Successful exit means that we understand that our role is to help develop relationships, processes, capacity, plans, and skills for the organization to thrive long after our period of performance ends—so we enter with our exit in mind.