Connecting Health and Wellbeing

Health leads to wellbeing; wellbeing leads to health. With this connection in mind, we have adopted the World Health Organization domains of mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing. We also recognize that health is not defined merely by the absence of disease, but also by the addition of confidence, skills, knowledge, and connection. Most importantly, we believe in the words of Cristin Lind, Parent/Family Leader and Founding Co-Chair of 100 Million Healthier Lives: “[Health] is simply a means to an end—which is a joyful, meaningful life.”

Equity: The Price of Admission

When two children born a few miles apart can have a difference of up to 25 years in life expectancy; when a school to prison pipeline devastates the future potential of communities of color; when access to housing, education and safety are not available to all and threatens national security, community integrity and economic vitality; equity must become a common priority. To join 100 Million Healthier Lives, it must be your priority.

About the photo caption: This graph shows a 25 year difference in life expectancy for babies in New Orleans just a few miles apart.

Our Approach to Equity

To address equity as the price of admission, we have committed as a movement to proactively support people and policies that may be especially vulnerable. The leaders of the Equity and Social Determinants of Health Hub have put together a concept paper about how our shared movement is addressing the drivers equity as a resource for members across the movement and beyond. Read the concept paper for 100 Million Healthier Lives by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please email [email protected].

Health Equity and Prosperity


We have partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Alternative Futures to create our Health Equity and Prosperity initiative. We aim to:

  1. Engage 5 million people in a conversation about health equity and prosperity.
  2.  Build individuals’ equity muscles and capability to engage others in the conversation.
    Send us resources to help us build a bright spot library and Resource Room.
    • Post your equity story on our Facebook page using the hashtag #onehumanfamily or email [email protected] and we’ll feature your story.
  3. Begin to take action locally and/or as part of a larger movement. Join the movement and pledge to take action around health equity.
    Commit to setting a measureable aim and join the hundreds of communities and individuals working in their communities.

Click here to access the Resource Room.

Health Equity and Prosperity Assembly

Please read a final report by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), “Health Equity and Prosperity.”

Please read a final report by Frontline Solutions, “Lessons Learned from the Open Box Initiative” here.

Below are documents from the Health Equity and Prosperity Assembly on August 4th and 5th:


Click here to access the Resource Room.

Core Principles

All members of 100 Million Healthier Lives agree to adopt the following core principles in our work together:

  1. Partner deeply and respectfully in the process of creating change with people, organizations, and communities.
  2. Promote equity, justice, strength, and wholeness in the process of creating health.
  3. Adopt a humble posture of learning and improvement that acknowledges the importance of both stories metrics that matter.
  4. Intentionally work to remove barriers in critical areas (e.g., payment reform, spread of good ideas) through intentional collaboration with traditional and nontraditional partners.
  5. Make the way we work an example of what is possible.

Core Strategies

  1. Create healthy, equitable communities.
  2. Build bridges between health care, community, public health, education, and social services.
  3. Promote peer-to-peer approaches to support people in their own health and the health of their neighbors, coworkers, and friends.
  4. Create enabling conditions, such as payment and policy changes, that promote success.
  5. Develop new mindsets – about cross-silo partnership, co-design with people with lived experience, equity, and courageous leadership that unlocks the capability of others.
  6. Create a health care system that is good at health AND good at care.

How We Approach Health

We took the values in core principles and strategies and implement those ideals through our shared priorities, what we call the “Whats” and “Hows.” How did we create our shared priorities? Our priorities were created using an assessment of population health opportunities, a workgroup process, and over 600 action plans created by members of 100MLives. How are the shared priorities used? Each of these priorities is supported by a  hub of people and  organizations that hold a piece of the puzzle and have the reach and influence necessary to affect change in that area.

Shared Priorities – The “Whats”

  1. Address equity gaps, asking “Who isn’t thriving? What would it take for that to change?” This is the “price of admission” in 100 Million Healthier Lives.
  2. Transform places of concentrated poverty to communities of solution.
  3. Help all kids have a great start in life, with all the skills they and their families need to flourish from cradle to career.
  4. Support veterans to thrive.
  5. Reclaim the health, wellbeing, and dignity of indigenous communities.
  6. Address the social, behavioral, and spiritual drivers of health and wellbeing across sectors.
  7. Make mental health everybody’s job.
  8.  Engage everyone in improving their own health and in building a culture and practice of healthy living for themselves and their peers.
  9. Address chronic disease and its risk factors (diet, exercise, smoking, sleep, stress, etc.).
  10. Create the best possible wellbeing in the elder years and at the end of life.

To learn more about hubs and initiatives that are launched around these strategic priorities, click here.

Shared Priorities – “The Hows”

  1. Shift culture and mindset to one of partnership, co-design, and wellbeing.
  2. Develop workforce strategies and engage students and youth as leaders in the transformation.
  3. Integrate peer-to-peer support systems into every relevant initiative.
  4. Integrate improvement and change methods at the community level.
  5. Engage employers and businesses to improve workforce health and wellbeing.
  6. Engage faith communities.
  7. Transform health care to be good at health and good at care.
  8. Improve access to primary health care for all.
  9. Develop and adopt financing strategies that align funding at the community level.
  10. Integrate data across silos (health care, community, public health, and social service.

To learn more about hubs and initiatives that are launched around these strategic priorities, click here.

100 Million Healthier Lives Partnership to Turn the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic


From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids (Source: CDC). Deaths from prescription opioid pain relievers increased over threefold from 2001 to 2014 (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).

100 Million Healthier Lives is proud to partner on the Turn the Tide Rx Campaign with the Office of the Surgeon General and Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) in prioritizing taking action with community-wide partnerships to help “turn the tide” on the opioid epidemic. Click here to access RESOURCES to take action in your community. Click here to access a letter that the Surgeon General sent to health providers asking them take the pledge.

We call on health providers, public health departments, school districts, city officials, faith leaders, and community members to:

  1. Talk openly about pain and addiction in your community.
  2. Join the Turn the Tide Rx Campaign. 
  3. Invite individuals and their families, affected by the epidemic, to join with community leaders and members to become part of creating solutions to prevent deaths from overdose.
  4. Create a community-wide plan across health care, school, public health, police, justice, and other sectors to stem the tide of the epidemic.
  5. Share your progress with communities—locally, statewide and nationally—and learn from bright spots.

Together, we can “turn the tide” on the pain and harm that the opioid epidemic is creating in our families and communities. Addiction is a chronic disease, with the potential of being prevented, managed, and treated. We invite you to become part of the solution. Click here to access RESOURCES to take action in your community.


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