Communitas served youth living diagnoses such as cancer, autoimmune disease, neuromuscular conditions, lung disease, diabetes, history of organ transplantation, paralysis and more, at all stages of illness. In the future, we hope to expand to serve those living with trauma and mental health conditions as well.
A quantitative analysis of the 10-session Communitas program demonstrated statistically-significant improvements in physical and mental wellbeing, resilience, stress, anger, anxiety, and some measures of coping, using validated survey instruments, including those disseminated by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
We also hope to demonstrate that our model keeps kids out of the hospital, reduces hospitalizations, unplanned visits to medical providers, overall healthcare costs and above all, helps people live longer, healthier, happier lives.
â€œCommunitas raises us up, lifts our spirits, and transports our minds, bodies, spirits.â€ â€” Mother/Caregiver
A HEARTFELT TESTIMONIAL
The principles of integrative medicine
- Creating a partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
- Appropriate use of conventional and complementary methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
- Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
- Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
- Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
- Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development
Studies on adults report the positive health effects of a variety of mind-body therapeutic groups, including improvements in quality of life, mood, pain, stress-related symptoms, coping skills, disease progression, and mortality. Communitas is hoping to contribute to the pediatric research in this area.